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Angolan President Joao Lourenco has been voted in as leader of the ruling MPLA party, as former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after dominating the country's politics for nearly four decades.
The body of Angola rebel chief Jonas Savimbi, killed in 2002, will be exhumed before the end of the year so it be can be buried "with dignity," his party has said.
Morgan Tsvangirai has dropped the biggest hint yet he could step down from his party, and a Zanu-PF youth leader who booed Grace Mugabe during a Bulawayo interface rally has reportedly died.
Angola's new president has unveiled a programme of corporate tax sweeteners intended to boost foreign investment and ease the oil-rich country's dependence on the lacklustre price of crude.
Four opposition parties in Angola have called for a recount in last week's general election, alleging "irregularities" during the vote that kept the ruling party in power.
Angola's election commission says the ruling MPLA party has won the national election with 61% of the vote, meaning Defence Minister Joao Lourenco will replace President Jose Eduardo dos Santos after his 38-year rule.
Angola's ruling party says it won a majority in the country's election with five million votes counted so far, opening the way for defence minister to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos after his 38-year rule, a report says.
Angolans are voting in an election in which the defense minister is the front-runner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will relinquish the post after 38 years in power
When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down and his successor is chosen in Wednesday's elections, it will bring to an end a 38-year reign dominated by his unrelenting authoritarian style.
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down from office at the end of this month, has officially opened the country's largest hydro-electric dam.
Ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos will bow out from Angolan politics which he dominated for nearly four decades when he hands leadership of the ruling party to President Joao Lourenco on Saturday.
Joao Lourenco, who succeeded dos Santos as president last year, will also replace him as party leader in September, the MPLA has said in a statement.
Angolan President Joao Lourenco has denied "any tension" with his long-serving predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos, many of whose relatives and friends he has sacked from public office in a fight against corruption in the oil-rich southern African nation.
Three Angolan opposition parties have filed a complaint against the outcome of nationwide elections on August 23 that asserted the 42-year grip of the ruling MPLA party.
Zimbabwe's first lady has made her first public appearance since leaving South Africa, and a white Zimbabwean farmer says he nearly lost his life as 'land grabbers allegedly shot at him'.
The main opposition party in Angola says its own partial tally from national elections indicates that it is trailing the ruling party by only 7%, contradicting the ruling party's claim that it won a majority.
Angolans are awaiting the results of an election in which the defence minister is the front-runner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will quit after 38 years in power.
After nearly 40 years under the rule of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, millions of Angolans are angry and frustrated - and many seem determined to use Wednesday's elections to express their hunger for change.
Angola goes to the polls Wednesday in a historic election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his party set to retain power despite the country's economic crisis.
Angola's parliament has passed a law that will drastically limit the powers of the country's future presidents in matters of security and defence.
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