Angolans vote to replace President, after 37yrs in power

Angolans are heading to the polls to vote for a replacement for their veteran leader, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power in the oil-rich country since 1979, making him the world’s second-longest serving President.

He is not standing in this election, Defence Minister, Joao Lourenco is standing for the governing MPLA party.

His main challenger is expected to be Isias Samakuva, from the MPLA’s civil war rival, Unita.

Under Angola’s voting system, people are choosing both the candidate and party in one vote.

Analysts said the MPLA, which has been in power since independence in 1975, is likely to win.

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