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Ruling party heading for Angolan election victory.

Summary: Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' ruling MPLA party appeared to be headed for a comfortable win in the country's election.

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' ruling MPLA party appeared to be headed for a comfortable win in the country's national election with results in from nearly 60 per cent of polling stations showing his party to have won 74.46 per cent of the vote.

Provisional results of Friday's vote from the national elections commission put the MPLA well ahead of its nearest rivals with results in from nearly 60 per cent of polling stations.

The election had been criticised as one-sided and plagued with irregularities by opposition leaders.

Under the constitution, an MPLA win means Dos Santos, who turned 70 this week, is elected for a further five-year term on top of the nearly 33 years he has already served as leader of Africa's second largest oil producer.

The provisional results gave the MPLA's closest challenger, former rebel group UNITA, 17.94 per cent, while the third-placed CASA-CE party had 4.53 per cent.

The provisional turnout was just over 57 per cent, the commission said. Around 9.7 million Angolans were registered to vote at more than 10,000 polling stations.

The election will appoint 220 lawmakers, with the leader of the winning party automatically becoming president for a five-year term.

It was only the third national election since Angola won independence from Portugal in 1975, and the second since the end of a 27-year civil war a decade ago.

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