ANGOLA GENERAL ELECTIONS 23 August
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