The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Angola’s ruling party, was declared the winner of the 2022 general elections held last week, with 51.17 percent of the votes cast, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced Monday.

The nation’s largest opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), gained 43.95 percent of the total votes cast, said the CNE.

According to the final results, the MPLA won 124 of the 220 National Assembly seats. The UNITA finished second with 90 seats in parliament.

In accordance with the Angolan constitution, the top candidate of a political party that wins the most votes is elected as president.

In an official statement, African Union Election Observation Mission, AUEOM described the elections as peaceful.

“While there were reports of an uneven playing field, the AUEOM notes that elections were generally conducted in a peaceful manner. The AUEOM commends the people of Angola for their determination to peacefully exercise their democratic right to choose their leaders through the ballot. As the electoral process is still ongoing, the Mission calls on all stakeholders to maintain peaceful conduct while awaiting the announcement of results by the National Electoral Commission”, AUEOM said.