40% abstention at Angola elections

2012-09-04 14:50

Luanda - Angola's electoral commission says 40% of voters abstained — a shocking rate for Africa that some blamed on cynicism over the ruling party's expected victory after 33 years in power and others on faulty electoral rolls that included people who died a long time ago.

Eighty-seven percent of voters participated in 2008 elections.

The commission's web site on Tuesday showed President Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA leading with 72% of votes, down 10% from 2008.

It lost votes to the biggest opposition party, Unita, which nearly doubled its take to 18.5%.

In third place with 6% is a new coalition uniting former enemies in the MPLA and Unita.

The figures come with 97% of votes counted from Friday's elections.

  • hellodanie - 2012-09-04 15:15

    The MPLA killed a good girl friend of mine and her mother, because they wanted them out of the country or something to take their assets. I have no sympathy for them. I think they are a bunch of thieves who are still looting that country. Dos Santos is one of the wealthiest people on earth. No surprises here.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-04 16:17

    Amazing how the "Leaders" of African countries can be counted on as one of the wealthiest people on the planet - amazing how you can go from rags to excessive riches in (let's just say) 20 years - oh the African dream. While all around you poverty and slums are the norm, but money buys you a sweet smelling hankie rather than the stench of everyday living by the common folk.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-04 21:38

    Shocking but not too different from the apathy in Moçambique

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