Angola’s general election will take place on August 2017, President José Eduardo dos Santos announced Friday.
This will be the third general election since the end of civil war in 2002.
President dos Santos made the announcement during the opening of his ruling MPLA party central committee meeting.
The central committee is the party’s deliberative organ. The meeting aimed at preparing the 7th congress of the party scheduled to take place between August 17 and 20 next year. The meeting will pick an MPLA figure to stand in the 2017 elections.
President dos Santos has not made it clear whether he will run for another term or not. But he hinted at a big transition when he said 45 per cent of party posts will be renewed.
“We approved the principal thesis of the party during the extraordinary congress which will be ratified during the ordinary congress,” he told a 260-members meeting, blandly.
In July, MPLA’s extraordinary congress, the president said he will serve his full term but stressed the necessity of a proper transition for the country.
President dos Santos, 73, is Africa’s second longest-serving leader after Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea.
He has been in power since 1979.
Crtics accuse him of presiding over corruption, misrule and intimidation in a country that suffers endemic poverty despite being Africa’s second biggest oil producer.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW