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Angolan president re-elected leader of ruling MPLA party

Angolan President and MPLA leader, Jose Eduardo dos Santos speaks at the ruling MPLA party congress to determine candidates for the 2017 elections in the capital Luanda, Angola, August 17, 2016.

Angola’s long-ruling president Jose Eduardo dos Santos was overwhelmingly re-elected leader of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party on Friday, results showed.

Dos Santos, the sole nominee, won 99.6 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results gathered from delegates at the party’s convention in the capital Luanda. Final results are expected late on Friday.

There had been speculation before the congress that Dos Santos, who has ruled the oil-rich southern African nation since 1979, might not make himself available for re-election.

He had said in March he intended to step down as party leader in 2018, without naming a preferred successor.

Angola holds its next parliamentary election in 2017 and the leader of the winning party will become president.

Dos Santos was appointed to a new five-year term as president in 2012 after the MPLA won national elections by a landslide.



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