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Angola's Ruling Party Wins Parliamentary Elections

Angola's ruling MPLA party (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) has secured a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections held earlier in the month, indicated the official results announced Wednesday.

The results indicated that the MPLA had secured nearly 82% of the vote and some 191 seats in the 220-member parliament, while the main opposition Unita party (Union for the Total Independence of Angola) managed to get only 10% of the vote, losing more than 50 of its seats in the process.

The sub-Saharan African country had held its parliamentary elections on 5th September for the first time after the country's 27-year civil war ended in 2002.

Though 14 political parties fielded their candidates, the main contest was between the ruling MPLA party and opposition Unita party, the two rival factions that fought the 27-year civil war.

The ruling MPLA was expected to win the parliamentary election, which was considered as a dress rehearsal for the presidential elections next year. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who heads the MPLA, has remained Angola's premier for nearly 30 years, more than even Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

Angola is one of the largest producers of oil and diamonds in Africa. However, the massive returns from these two resources have not trickled down to a majority of its people, who remains poor.

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