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Angola Opposition Parties Unite to Challenge MPLA’s 46-Year Rule

  • Southern African nation to hold elections in August 2022
  • Ruling party has been in power since independence in 1975
Adalberto Costa Junior

Adalberto Costa Junior

Photographer: Osvaldo Silva/AFP/Getty Images

Angola’s three main opposition parties formed a coalition to field a single presidential candidate in next year’s elections in the hope of unseating the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, which has held power for 46 years.

The United Patriotic Front, or FPU, named Adalberto Costa Junior as its candidate to challenge President Joao Lourenco in the August 2022 vote, group spokesman Amandio Capoco said in Luanda, the capital. Costa Junior is the leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, which is the largest opposition party and known by its Portuguese acronym Unita.