Joao Lourenco speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in April 2017

Elections kick off Angola’s leadership transition

  • 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.

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Ensuring the personal security and patrimonial interests of his family was a priority for President Dos Santos
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What's inside
  • 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
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  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
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