MPLA chief, who succeeded Jose Eduardo dos Santos as president in 2017, will contest subsequent 12 months’s ballot.
Angola’s governing party, which has held energy for almost half a century, has chosen incumbent President Joao Lourenco as their candidate in subsequent 12 months’s election.
Members of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) on Friday overwhelmingly re-elected Lourenco as party chief at a congress held within the capital, Luanda.
It got here simply days after the primary opposition party, UNITA, re-elected Adalberto Costa Junior as its chief, positioning him because the president’s primary electoral rival.
The presidential polls are as a result of be held on August 22. Under Angola’s electoral system, the chief of the party with the vast majority of votes takes the highest job.
The MPLA has been operating the nation since independence from Portugal in 1975.
Lourenco, 67, succeeded Jose Eduardo dos Santos as president in 2017.
He had served as defence minister beneath dos Santos who wielded absolute energy over the nation for 38 years.
Angola is wealthy in pure sources. The nation is Africa’s third-biggest oil producer however a lot of its 33 million folks dwell in poverty.
Dos Santos is accused of appointing household and mates to key positions throughout his marathon rule, leaving the nation with a legacy of each poverty and nepotism.
Lourenco has pledged to revive Angola’s oil-dependent financial system and battle corruption, main a purge of his predecessor’s administration centered primarily on the previous first household.
The dos Santos youngsters have accused Lourenco of a political “witch hunt”.