Angolan President Dos Santos confirmed as ruling party’s candidate for next year’s poll


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Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been confirmed as the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola party’s candidate for the country’s next elections.

Dos Santos, the sole nominee, won 2,543 votes, or 99.6 percent, MPLA spokesman Manuel Rabelais said after its electoral convention in the capital, Luanda.

There had been speculation that the 73-year-old would not make himself available for re-election, but such talks have now been put to rest with the latest confirmation.

Dos Santos has ruled the oil-rich Southern African nation since 1979.

Angola will hold its next poll in 2017, and the leader of the winning party will become president.

Dos Santos was appointed to a new five-year term as president in 2012 after a landslide election win by the MPLA.

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