Angola votes to replace dos Santos after 38 years

Angola votes to replace dos Santos after 38 years

Angola votes to replace dos Santos after 38 years

MPLA candidate for the presidency, João Lourenço, votes.

Angolans have headed to the polls in a historic election marking the end of the 38-year rule of ailing President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, with his MPLA party expected to retain power but with a reduced majority.

Dos Santos's unexpected retirement - reportedly prompted by poor health - has triggered the biggest political transition in decades for Angola, a leading African oil exporter.

He has made a decision to step down and not run in this year's election after 38 years in power in the country.

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The political parties include the ruling MPLA led by Joao Lourenco, main opposition UNITA led by Isaias Samakuva, FNLA, PRS, APN and the coalition CASA-CE party.

Despite its oil wealth, however, Angola is plagued by poverty, corruption and human rights issues, though some observers argue that the new leadership may open the way to more accountability.

The MPLA, which won 72 percent in the 2012 election, has funded a rush of infrastructure projects, apparently to shore up support levels among Angola's 9.3 million registered voters. Dos Santos, who has received medical treatment in Spain this year, appeared alongside Lourenco at a weekend rally on the outskirts of the Angolan capital of Luanda.

"I am calm, I am going to stay calmly at home while waiting for my party colleagues to inform me of the results", he said after voting in Luanda, adding that the election was "going smoothly".

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Lourenco, in turn, praised the president, describing him as "the captain of the team" and saying "he has always been in command". Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, has been in power since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

Joaquim Chissano is in Angola as one of the hundreds of election observers in the country to take note of the election process on Wednesday.

In a statement, Amnesty International said Angola's next leader must work to reverse attacks on freedom of expression and other rights.

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