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Angolans Wonder If 'J-Lo' as President Can Close Wealth Divide

  • Latest returns show MPLA winning election with 61% of vote
  • Army general Joao Lourenco has eyed top job since 2001
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As Joao Lourenco stands on the brink of realizing his 16-year ambition to become Angola’s president, many of his fellow citizens wonder whether he can bring about change in one of the world’s most unequal countries.

Lourenco, who’s commonly known as “J-Lo,” first signaled his desire to hold the southern African nation’s top office in 2001 when Jose Eduardo dos Santos hinted he was ready to step down, and then changed his mind. Now with the electoral commission showing the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola winning Wednesday’s election, its candidate, Lourenco, is set to move into the presidential palace overlooking the bay of Luanda, the capital.