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Date:14 Aug 2012
Angola: Political Campaigns intensify ahead of August Polls


Political campaigns in Angola has intensified and punctuated with tensions since the start of the campaign for general elections on August 31 as electorates are being promised employment, health education, housing, social security as well as gender equality by the various contesting political parties.

Angolans will elect their president and their deputies indirectly in the August 31 general elections as the new Constitution, adopted in 2010, has effectively abolished the election of the president by universal suffrage. Now the lead candidate of the party that wins the legislative elections becomes president.

With the campaign in full swing, the arm-of-war continues between the ruling party of President Jose Dos Santos, the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), and the largest opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita). Relations between the two movements have eroded lately with each party accusing the other of fomenting mischief leading to sabotage the campaign punctuated by several clashes between party supporters.

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