The ruling Angolan party Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has elected the country’s current president, Joao Lourenço, as its candidate for next year’s election, whose politics have dominated for almost half a century.
Lourenço was re-elected by an overwhelming majority at the party conference in the capital Luanda on Friday. The President received 98 percent of the vote (2,610 votes in favor, 33 against and 13 abstentions), reports the newspaper ‘Novo Jornal’.
The president, who succeeded José Eduardo dos Santos in 2017, who was in power for two decades, is seeking to renew his mandate at the polls after launching numerous anti-corruption operations in circles close to his predecessor, including family members .
Exactly on Friday the US government announced visa restrictions against Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the former Angolan president and as the richest woman in Africa.
To maximize their options, Angola’s three largest opposition parties have announced that they will form a coalition and have decided to elect a single candidate for the election.
The new coalition, called the United Patriotic Front (FPU), will consist of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Democratic Block (BD) and the PRA-JA Servir Angola.
The FPU has appointed UNITA’s chairman, Adalberto Costa Júnior, as its candidate against the current president. Abel Chivukuvuku from PRA-JA Servir Angola and Filomeno Vieira Lopes from BD were also chosen as “number two”.