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Assembleia nacional (National Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assembleia nacional / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 23 August 2017
Purpose of elections The ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA) retained its majority in the 220-member National Assembly, but lost 25 seats. In accordance with the 2010 Constitution (see note), the MPLA's presidential candidate, Mr. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço (MPLA), became the new President. The main opposition, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), increased its share from 32 to 51 seats. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on agriculture, infrastructure (energy and water), as well as job creation and education.

On 8 September, four opposition parties including UNITA filed an appeal at the Constitutional Court, demanding the annulment of the results. On 13 September, the Constitutional Court rejected the appeal, stating the evidence presented by the UNITA did not prove irregularities or biases in the electoral process.

On 26 September, Mr. Gonçalves Lourenço was sworn in as the country's new President, succeeding Mr. José Eduardo dos Santos, who had been in power since 1979. Following day, Mr. Isaias Samakuva, UNITA's leader since 2003, resigned, stating that a new leader should take the party forward through the “new political cycle”.

The 2010 Constitution discontinued direct presidential elections. Article 109 stipulates "the individual heading the national list of the political party or coalition of political parties which receives the most votes in general elections shall be elected President of the Republic and Head of the Executive".
Date of previous elections: 31 August 2012

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: N/A

Timing of election:Upon normal expiry*
*Term of the National Assembly in the 2010 Constitution is 5 years, instead of 4 years previously. The elections were thus held in 2017.

Expected date of next elections: August 2022

Number of seats at stake: 220 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: Not available.

Percentage of women candidates: Not available.

Number of parties contesting the election: 6

Number of parties winning seats: 5

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 28 September 2017

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, MPLA)
Voter turnout
Round no 123 August 2017
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
7'093'002 (76.13%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA)
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)
Convergence Angola Salvation Wide-Electoral Coalition (Casa-CE)
Social Renewal Party (PRS)
Angolan National Liberation Front (FNLA)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) 150
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) 51
Convergence Angola Salvation Wide-Electoral Coalition (Casa-CE) 16
Social Renewal Party (PRS) 2
Angolan National Liberation Front (FNLA) 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Note on distribution of seats according to sex:
In all, 59 women were elected in the 2017 elections. After the formation of the new government, the total number of women parliamentarians increased to 68.

National Assembly (12.10.2017, 01.11.2017, 30.11.2017)

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