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Vol 52 No 22

Published 4th November 2011


Angola

Dos Santos calls elections

Now the longest-serving President in Africa, Dos Santos tries to face down a wave of young protestors

Both politicians and electors are distinctly sceptical about President José Eduardo dos Santos’s announcement that the next elections will take place in the third quarter of 2012. There is no constitutional requirement to hold an election before 2013. So, the announced date could change if circumstances are unfavourable to the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola. The promised presidential poll scheduled for 2009 never took place and now never will because the new constitution of 2010 abolished direct presidential voting. The last election for the National Assembly was in 2008, six years later than originally scheduled.

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