- Angola is starting a tricky transition from the 38-year presidency of Jose Eduardo dos Santos
- Joao Lourenco, the designated successor, appears to be a solid compromise choice
- Peaceful elections make a good start, but economic reforms will be tougher
On August 23, Angolans voted in combined parliamentary and presidential elections. The vote came after a protracted electoral and pre-electoral campaign, and there are some conclusions to be drawn.
The first, very positive observation is that there was a total absence of the violence that so often accompanies election campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa, such as we have seen in Kenya where the Supreme Court has overturned the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta.