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Angola

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National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
23.08.2017
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.08.2022
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
220
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Notes
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.
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Yes
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
6

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
9,317,294
Votes Number of people who actually voted
7,093,002
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
76.13%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
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”. Note: 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".
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
83.33%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
68.18%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
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
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
161
Number of women elected
59
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
26.82%
Note on the 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.
Sources
National Assembly (12.10.2017, 01.11.2017, 30.11.2017) National Electoral Commission Reuters Africa News Angola Press Deutsche Welle
Women Directly Elected
59

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
161
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
59
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
28.09.2017
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos (Male)
Political party
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA)
Date of election
28.09.2017