7 Sep 2008

Landslide vote for ruling party

1:47 pm on 7 September 2008

Preliminary results from Angola's parliamentary election show the ruling MPLA is headed for a landslide victory.

Election officials say the MPLA, which has ruled the former Portuguese colony since independence in 1975, received more than 81% of the vote.

Vote counting is not yet complete.

Meanwhile, the main opposition party, Unita, has asked the country's constitutional court to order a re-run of parliamentary elections in the capital, Luanda.

The ballot was extended into a second day after delays and administrative problems left many people unable to cast their votes.

The elections are Angola's first in 16 years, following the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002.

Fourteen parties are taking part. Some eight million voters are registered.