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Date:21 Aug 2017
#AngolaElections 2017: Angolan government bans protests and demonstrations ahead of elections

Angolan authorities have banned all protests and demonstrations by groups that are not running in the presidential elections slated for Wednesday 23 August 2017. The Ministry of the Interior in a statement cited security risks as the reason for this ban.

Human rights groups have expressed concern about the ban, saying that restrictions of freedom of expression and assembly are unconstitutional, and set the wrong tone for the upcoming elections.

Article 47 of Angola’s constitution gives citizens the right to protest, however the Angolan government has previously prevented peaceful anti-government protests, or used intimidation, arrest, detention, or force to keep citizens in check.

Last month, the EU announced that it would no longer be sending an observation mission to Angola after the Angolan government rejected their demands for unrestricted access to polling stations across the nation.

Depending on the day, Angola is Africa’s first or second largest oil producer, but it remains one of the poorest nations on the continent. Authoritarian leader President Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for 38 years, and controls majority of the country’s economy. His daughter Isabel dos Santos, who heads Sonangol, the state-owned oil company, is worth an estimated $3.2 billion and is believed to be the richest woman in Africa.

Even though this year’s elections mark a historical change as President dos Santos steps down, many worry that little will actually change. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, current Defence Minister and candidate of the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) was handpicked and endorsed by the current president and he is widely tipped to win the polls.


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