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Ruling MPLA leads Angola polls

  • Angola's ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party is leading national elections, with almost 75 percent of the vote.

    With more than 70 percent of votes counted from Friday's polls, the main opposition Unita party sat at 18 percent.

    Analysts predict an easy victory for President Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled since 1979 and is the second longest serving leader in Africa.

    The MPLA secured more than 80 percent of the vote in the last legislative election four years ago.

    Critics, however, have accused dos Santos of corruption as the leader of sub-Saharan Africa's second biggest oil producer and third largest economy while millions languish in poverty.

    The elections were the second to take place in the former Portuguese colony since the end of the 27-year civil war in 2002.