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Angolan President Joao Lourenco during a news conference at the Belem presidential palace in Lisbon. Angolan President Joao Lourenco during a news conference at the Belem presidential palace in Lisbon, Nov. 22, 2018 (AP photo by Armando Franca).

After Failing on Reforms, Angola’s Lourenco Opts for Repression

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

In August 2022, Angolans will go to the polls for parliamentary elections that—under the country’s electoral system, in which the leader of the party with most votes becomes president—also serve as a presidential election. The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, which has been in power for half a century, has confirmed that its leader and incumbent President Joao Lourenco will stand for reelection.

Lourenco’s first term has been characterized by a failure to make good on a number of his initial promises, resulting in protests that have in turn been met with a crackdown on independent media as well as an expansion of executive powers. While he is likely to win reelection, whether he is able to improve on his record remains to be seen. ...

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