Angola elections: Who’s who in João Lourenço’s political circle?

By Estelle Maussion, with Claudio Silva

Posted on Tuesday, 5 July 2022 06:30

As general elections approach, the Angolan president João Lourenço is counting on valuable support for his re-election – both from the heirs of the dos Santos era and newly-emerging forces.

The date of Angola’s upcoming general elections was announced on 3 June: 24 August. Although the vote should result in the re-election of current head of state João Lourenço to another five-year term, things have never been so uncertain. The president-candidate, from Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA), the party in power since the country’s independence in 1975, has to defend his record as he has promised to be “the man of the Angolan economic miracle”. However, despite the recent rise in the price of oil – synonymous with increased revenue – the situation remains difficult.