President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has held power in Angola for 33 years. But he faces growing protests in its urban centres because of a lack of reform and electoral transparency while the country enjoys ten years of peace and prosperity after a 27-year civil war. Elections in August 2012 could be a watershed for him and the country.

ANGOLA, one of Africa`s top oil producers, has become a regional power after a decade of peace which has given it political and social stability and significant economic growth.

Just ten years ago, in 2002, Angola was in ruins after being ravaged by a brutal 27-year civil war which cost one million li...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
The government banned city centre demonstrations in 2011, after protests against the president. These were organised by urban youths using social media and text messages under the slogan ‘32 is enough’, a clear reference to the president’s time in office
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