Friday, September 5, 2008

Angola holds elections

Long torn by war, Angola is sub-Saharan Africa's number two oil producer. Brian Posthumus at Radio Netherlands reports:
. . . all eyes will be on two players, the MPLA and UNITA. The first, Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), has been in power since 1975, the year that Angola broke free of Portugal's colonial grip. The second is the União Nacional para a Independendência total de Angola (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola). Once a movement of armed rebels, which only gave up its armed struggle in 2002, when its leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in a gun battle. The two sides still dominate Angolan politics.

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