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Country Report Angola

  • Published: March 2014
  • Region: Angola
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Angola's long-promised first local elections, at one stage expected to take place in 2014, seem further away than ever. This has prompted accusations from opposition parties and civil society groups that the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) wishes to avoid devolving power for fear that its influence and control will be weakened. Officially the government says that it still needs to pass key pieces of legislation to support the management of local budgets and the holding of municipal polls. However, the longer the polls are deferred, the more likely it is that the ruling party risks losing votes to an increasingly outspoken opposition.

Angola is not known for its adherence to election timetables. After the end of the civil war in 2002, it took six years-with several false starts in between-for the country to hold a parliamentary election, only its second since independence from Portugal in 1975. A presidential poll slated for the following year did not go ahead, with the authorities asking for time to amend the constitution, which in its new form abolished a direct presidential ballot. In 2012 the country's third parliamentary vote took place and READ MORE >

Country Report Angola

Waiting for local elections
Boosting accountability
Government prefers a "gradualist" approach
Urban dissatisfaction is rising

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