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Date:23 Aug 2017
#AngolaElections 2017: Angola Elects a New President

Polls opened at 07h00 local time for 9.3 million Angolans to choose their third president since the nation gained its independence in 1975. These elections represent a historic change as current president Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down after 38 years in power. The political party that wins the most parliamentary seats will elect the president.
Of the six parties competing for parliamentary control, it is expected that João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, current Defence Minister and candidate of the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) will be the next president of Angola. Many worry however that President dos Santos will still maintain a strong hold over the nation, since he handpicked and endorsed Lourenço. Additionally, dos Santos will remain leader of the MPLA.  
The main opposition candidate is Isaias Henrique Ngola Samakuva of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the second largest political part in Angola after MPLA.. In the most recent polls in 2012, MPLA won 70% of the vote, and opposition party UNITA won only 18%.
This election has attracted more than 3,000 national and international observers, including observation missions from the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC), and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). 
Polls are expected to close at 19h00 local time. 


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