Angola's troubled road

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Angola elected its President and National Assembly on 24th August. Although the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won again, this was the closest election since Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975. Previous elections had seen a landslide victory for the MPLA and long term president José Eduardo dos Santos, who had been in power since 1979. He was succeeded mid-term by João Lourenço, who subsequently purged Santos family loyalists from the state apparatus. We're breaking down this election and Angola's troubled post-independence history.

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