Elections kick off Angola’s leadership transition

Joao Lourenco speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in April 2017
Joao Lourenco (R) must carefully balance factions in Angola’s ruling MPLA after he steps into the shoes of long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (source: dpa)
  • 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.

Not a subscriber yet?

Subscribe now and get the latest in-depth geopolitical analysis and forecasts from GIS’s unrivaled cadre of experts.

Learn more about our subscription plans.

You can also buy this report for €8.99 Buy

Add your comment