Polls were opened earlier today in Angola for the presidential elections which are expected to be the most closely fought since its independence in 1975.

Polls were opened earlier today in Angola for the presidential elections which are expected to be the most closely fought since its independence in 1975.

President João Lourenço of the governing MPLA faces the rebel turned opposition group UNITA’s Adalberto Costa Júnior.

The MPLA, which has been in power for more than four decades, has been criticized for not tackling high levels of inflation, poverty and unemployment.

President Lourenço has promised to reform Angola’s oil driven economy but correspondents say many voters may not believe him.

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