A daughter of former President dos Santos, a historic member of the People’s Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA, in power), which rallies the opposition leader, Adalberto Costa Júnior. One of the sons of Jonas Savimbi, founder of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita, opposition), who call to vote for the outgoing president, João Lourenço… In both cases, it’s the world upside down.
Unthinkable a few years ago, this situation reflects the wind of change blowing over Angolan political life as the country, an oil giant of 30 million inhabitants marked by poor development, is organizing general elections this Wednesday, August 24 .
Angola: between João Lourenço and Adalberto Costa Júnior, the hour of battle has come
This indirect ballot, at the end of which the leader of the party that comes first will become President of the Republic, is the fourth since the end of the civil war. in 2002. In 2008, 2012 and 2017, the MPLA always emerged victorious, with President Lourenço taking over from José Eduardo dos Santos (after thirty-eight years in power) in 2017. However, five years later, the balance of power was rebalanced: the MPLA, in control of the country since 1975, experienced a certain feverishness when Unita, galvanized by a charismatic candidate, began to believe in alternation. In other words, if Lourenço remains the favourite, elections have never been so close in Angola.