updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

On August 23, general elections were held in the Republic of Angola.

According to the data released by the National Electoral Commission, the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) secured a convincing victory, gaining over 60 per cent of the vote. The name at the top of the winning party’s electoral list by law will be the new President of Angola, in this case former Minister of National Defence Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco.

International observers note the high level of organisation of the electoral process and its transparent and fair character.

We regard the results of the vote as evidence of the unchanged confidence that the Angolan people show towards MPLA and the support of its policy of socioeconomic transformation in the country. Moscow hopes to continue effective multifaceted interaction with the new leadership of Angola for the benefit of our countries and peoples, in the interests of strengthening peace and stability on the African continent.