40 percent abstention at Angola elections

LUANDA, Angola (AP) — Angola's electoral commission says 40 percent 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 Tuesday shows President Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA leading with 72 percent of votes, down 10 percent from 2008.

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

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

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

Associated Press
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