In the streets of Luanda, the Angolan capital, the pre-electoral campaign has already begun, despite the fact that the next general elections, which are scheduled for next year, are still far away. The flag of the Mouvement Populaire de Libération de l’Angola (MPLA), the party that has been in power since 1979, and photos of its leader, President João Lourenço, bearing the caption ‘re-elect in 2022’ are plastered all over the city.
On 11 September, Union Nationale pour l’Indépendance Totale de l’Angola (Unita), the main opposition party and the MPLA’s historical rival, held a ‘march in favour of free, fair and transparent elections’. The event allowed its leader, Adalberto Costa Júnior, to demonstrate the party’s strength and affirm that “change is possible”. He also called on the government’s opponents to unite to make it happen.
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