Angolan Elections 2022: What about the Economy?

Angola will hold a general election on August 24th to elect both the country’s President and its parliament, the National Assembly. In all there are eight parties contesting the election, but no-one has any doubt that only one of them, the main opposition party UNITA, can seriously challenge the MPLA, which has ruled Angola since Independence from Portugal in November 1975. The ballot paper offers voters a choice out of all eight parties, in an order determined by lottery, and each party has a list of candidates, the first on the list being their candidate for the Presidency. PART ONE: AN OVERVIEW Angola’s President, João Lourenço, and his main rival for the presidency, Adalberto Costa Júnior of UNITA, are on the campaign trail, attending rallies in each of the country’s 18 provinces. UNITA is hoping it can capitalize on public discontent by taking votes away from the MPLA, which has […]

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