Angola’s ruling party sweeps polls

Angola’s ruling MPLA party secured a landslide parliamentary election victory on Wednesday, setting the stage for changes that critics fear could make the presidency even more powerful and weaken other institutions.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and other senior MPLA officials had campaigned hard to win the two-thirds majority needed to alter the country’s constitution. They have not specified what changes are in the works.

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The elections in Angola were under intense scrutiny in light of the shambles in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Spotlight now shifts to Malawi, which is due for an election soon. Campaign battle is raging between incumbent President Bingu wa Mutharika and former President Bakili Muluzi who is in the race.

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