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Reform is back on the agenda in Angola

The country’s recent elections showed that business as usual is no longer an option

By Alex Vines  

Photo: Xu Kunpeng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Finally, change is coming to Angola. Multiparty elections in August saw Africa’s second longest-serving president, José Eduardo dos Santos, step down from the presidency after almost 38 years in power. João Lourenço will be sworn in soon—Angola’s third president since independence in 1975.

The final results are yet to be announced, but preliminary numbers suggest that the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has won 61.1 per cent of the vote (although this is being contested…

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