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Dos Santos was a withdrawn president. His silence produced an aura of power and the cult of personality that surrounded him.
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 gap between the continent’s most democratic and authoritarian regions is likely to continue to grow.
The Dos Santos family and their supporters claim they are the objects of political persecution.
In South Africa, state corruption has taken hold with utter disregard for ethics and democratic norms in a cynical exploitation of the post-apartheid transformation agenda.
The euphoria that accompanied João Lourenço’s new presidency has ebbed away amid the stark realities of a profoundly dysfunctional political economy.
Southern Africa’s liberation movements have been losing popularity and confronting a crisis of legitimacy.
Not all African leaders are willing to be swept by the democratic reforms of the early 2000s.
Too often developments in one country are seen in isolation. In southern Africa events in one affect others in the region.
Are we witnessing the end of an era in which dictators stayed in power for decades? If so this must be good not only for Angola and Zimbabwe but for southern Africa as a whole.
The outcome of the race between increasingly artful electoral manipulation and limitless possible manifestations of democratic expression is never entirely certain.
Angola’s recent election results showed the ruling MPLA losing support across the country. If opposition claims are to be taken seriously, the losses could be more severe than they appear.
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.
Health care systems in many African countries are very poor. Instead of fixing them, many African leaders seek medical attention abroad incurring huge bills which are ultimately paid by taxpayers.
Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.