The Africa Report - - BRIEFING -

This year’s vote is set to mark a new chap­ter in An­gola’s democ­racy as Pres­i­dent José Ed­uardo dos San­tos hands over power to a new leader af­ter nearly four decades of iron-fisted rule. Dos San­tos an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary his de­ci­sion not to run. The 74-year ruler will, how­ever, re­tain con­trol of the rul­ing Movi­mento Pop­u­lar de Lib­er­tação de An­gola (MPLA) party, which has cho­sen defence min­is­ter João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço as its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. De­spite be­ing largely seen as a can­di­date of con­ti­nu­ity, the choice of Lourenço sur­prised many An­golans who ex­pected Dos San­tos to hand over to one of his chil­dren.

An­nointed suc­ces­sor: João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço

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