Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ruling party predicts victory in Angola's first post-war vote

LUANDA (AFP) — Angola's ruling party on Saturday predicted a large victory in elections which observers called "free and transparent" despite delays that marred the oil-rich country's first peacetime poll.

The leftwing MPLA party, which has been in power for over three decades, said that based on preliminary results it said it had seen, the outcome of the election surpassed its expectations.

"We are going to win big," Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola spokesman Rui Falcao told Portugese news agency Lusa just after the polls officially closed Saturday at 7:00 pm (1800 GMT).

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