Angolan President Joao Lourenco wins second term in office

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 20, 2022 Joao Lourenco, Angola's President and presidential candidate of the the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Luanda. - Angola's long ruling MPLA party was declared the winner of the closely fought election on August 29, 2022, extending its decades long rule in the oil-rich country and handing President Joao Lourenco a second term. (Photo by Julio PACHECO NTELA / AFP)

Angolan President Joao Lourenco won a second term in office after the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party was declared the winner of the country’s general election by the National Electoral Commission (CNE).

FILE PHOTO: Joao Lourenco, Angola’s President. /AFP

According to official results, the MPLA garnered 51.17 percent of the vote while the main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), got 43.95 percent.

“The CNE proclaims Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco President of the Republic,” the president of the CNE, Manuel Pereira da Silva, announced on Monday.

The election, Angola’s most closely fought poll since the first multi-party election in 1992, was, however, marked by low voter turnout of about 45 percent.

Victory for the MPLA extends its rule over Angola which has lasted for close to five decades.

Lourenco, who succeeded the late Jose Eduardo dos Santos, had pledged to fight corruption, strengthen the economy of Africa’s second-biggest oil producer and open up the democratic space.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)