LUANDA - Angola's ruling MPLA yesterday headed for a landslide victory in a parliamentary election that opposition parties have branded illegitimate, preliminary results showed.
The MPLA, which has ruled the oil-rich country since independence from Portugal in 1975, has taken almost 82 percent of the vote at national level, the electoral commission announced.
The main opposition party, Unita, was far behind.
The ruling party was also seen crushing the opposition at provincial level on the basis of about 50 percent of the votes after the two-day poll.
Angola's government has touted the ballot as a showcase for its recovery from civil war after flawed polls elsewhere in Africa, and hopes that it will spur foreign investment.
Though nobody is predicting a return to fighting, a disputed poll could shake the fragile political stability that has existed since the end of the 27-year war in 2002.
The electoral commission has stressed that results released so far were provisional.
Voting began on Friday but was extended to Saturday because of delays and confusion at polling stations in Luanda province, home to 21 percent of Angola's 8,3 million registered voters.
Unita has vowed to challenge the legality of the poll in the constitutional court.
"We have no choice but to file the challenge. Conditions did not exist for the election in Luanda (province) yesterday and they do not exist today," Unita's Adalberto da Costa said. - Reuters