September 5, 2012: Angola’s long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and his party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), have enjoyed another thumping victory at the polls. But with a new mandate comes new responsibility, and while the opposition parties squabble over alleged fraud and irregularities, ordinary Angolans are waiting for campaign promises to be delivered in Africa’s third-largest economy.
September 4, 2012: After 33 years in power, José Eduardo dos Santos has finally been elected president of Angola. Observers universally expected him to win last Friday’s polls. Many even predicted the questionably wide margin of victory. Nevertheless, the election has changed the war-scarred southern African petro-state. In the words of one long-serving Angola-watcher, “the fear barrier has been broken”. Neither the denunciations of a ruling party that has held power since independence in 1975, nor the thuggery of pro-regime militias, could deter the dissenting vanguard that has begun to challenge the status quo.
September 4, 2012: Forty percent of voters abstained from casting ballots in Angola’s legislative elections, the electoral commission said of a shocking rate for Africa that some blamed on cynicism over the ruling party’s victory after 33 years in power. Others blamed faulty electoral rolls that included people who died a long time ago.
August 30, 2012: Angolans go to the polls tomorrow for the second time since the end of the country’s civil war a decade ago. The nation has metamorphosed from one of the world’s most desolate places to a fast growing economy that sees itself as a regional player. In power for nearly 33 years, president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, with his ruling party, takes credit for guiding the country through the war and leading the peacetime boom. But many Angolans, especially youngsters, feel it’s time for change and for the ruling MPLA party to step down. RFI spoke to Angolan rapper Luaty Beirao, or Ikonoklasta as he’s known, about his hopes for change.
September 1, 2012: Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ nearly 33 years in power looks set to be extended after his ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party took 74.46 per cent of votes in national elections, according to provisional results.