A prolonged economic recession triggered by falling oil prices and worsened by the COVID pandemic has deeply affected the everyday lives of Angolans.
The loss of a two-thirds majority in parliament would be seen as a significant defeat for the MPLA.
Angola’s 2022 election is the first in which citizens born after the war are old enough to vote.
The political skill to turn situations to his advantage, rather than any ability to mobilise people, made Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Dos Santos died as he had lived and governed: in silence. His silence, and what he accomplished with it, is his most enduring legacy.
The MPLA is using all instruments at its disposal to hobble a new united opposition front ahead of the Angola election.
The optimism Angolan president João Lourenço’s election generated four years ago has dwindled as electoral promise after another have failed to materialise.
A new book explains the manifestations of the oil curse in Nigeria and Angola since independence.
The Dos Santos family and their supporters claim they are the objects of political persecution.
The euphoria that accompanied João Lourenço’s new presidency has ebbed away amid the stark realities of a profoundly dysfunctional political economy.
Angola’s new President João Lourenço has shown some willingness to engage in more inclusive politics.
Angola’s president-elect, João Lourenço, has a reputation for relative probity. But, he’s unlikely to rock the boat as Eduardo dos Santos remains party chairman.