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Angolan President Wins Second Term After Closest Vote in Decades

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Angola’s ruling party maintained its 47-year grip on power and secured a second mandate for President Joao Lourenco in the OPEC-member nation’s closest election in two decades.

The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, won 51.07% of the valid ballots cast in the Aug. 24 vote, National Electoral Commission spokesman Lucas Quilundo told reporters Thursday in the capital, Luanda. The main opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or Unita, got 44.05%.

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