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Catholic priest denounces Angolan elections amid fears for the future of the poor

Fr Jacinto Pio Wacussanga

Sao Paulo, Brazil After 47 years ruling the country, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (known by the Portuguese acronym MPLA) had generated so much criticism among broad segments of the Angolan society that many people – especially the young – were desperately anxious to see it defeated in the August general elections.  […]

Angola ruling party close to victory in divisive election

Angola election President Joao Lourenco

Luanda, Angola Reuters Angola’s ruling party has a solid majority after nearly all votes were counted in a national election, the electoral commission said on Thursday, but the main opposition party has cast doubt on the results of the divisive poll. The MPLA’s likely win would give President Joao Lourenco a second five-year term in […]

Under a bridge, Angola’s left-out youth look to ballot box for change

Angola Luanda library1

Luanda, AngolaReuters Two years ago, Francisco Mapanda and Arante Kivuvu were jobless during the COVID-19 pandemic so they started selling whiskey and cigarettes under a bridge in Angola’s capital, Luanda. To ease the boredom, they read books, and when they realised others also wanted to read, they got more – until their hawking spot in […]

Unequal and divided, Angola braces for tense election

Angola President Joao Lourenco

Luanda, Angola Reuters Angolans head to the polls next week in what is likely to be a tense standoff between a ruling party in power for nearly five decades and an opposition with growing appeal to a frustrated, impoverished youth.  The MPLA, led by João Lourenço since 2017, has governed Africa’s second-biggest oil producer since […]