Angolans vote to elect their president in a tight race between incumbent leftist candidate Joao Lourenco and center-right Adalberto Costa Junior.
Since independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola has been run by the formerly Marxist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led since 2017 by President Joao Lourenco. But an Afro barometer survey in May showed the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)’s opposition coalition, led by Adalberto Costa Junior, increasing its share to 22%, from 13% in 2019. That’s still seven points behind the MPLA, but nearly half of voters were undecided. Many youths — under 25s make up 60% of the country — are voting for the first time.