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The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has ruled Angola under a dominant-party system since independence in 1975. The MPLA was the sole legal party from 1975 until 1991, although during that period it never fully consolidated its power throughout the entire country. Large sections of the interior were controlled by the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) under the leadership of Jonas Savimbi.

Because elections have not been held since 1992, there is no reliable method to accurately gauge various parties' current level of support.

In total, there are more than 120 registered parties; only a handful have national constituencies.

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Current parties

The recent report by the Chr. Michelsen Institute on political opposition parties and the upcoming 2008 parliamentary elections[1] is probably the most relevant and authoritative source on Angolan political parties. It can be accessed on the CMI website [2]. This study gives a background to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Angola and provides an overview of the political situation, the ‘playing field', the election system and last, and most importantly, the opposition parties of Angola. The study is based on interviews with party officials of the most important political parties, newspaper articles and a review of the few reports available on politics and political parties in Angola. Access the CMI report here.

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Major parties

English name Portuguese name Founded Leader
Liberal Democratic Party Partido Liberal Democrático PLD 1983 Anália de Victória Pereira
National Front for the Liberation of Angola Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola FNLA 1957 Holden Roberto
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola UNITA 1966 Isaías Samakuva
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola MPLA 1956 President José Eduardo dos Santos
Republican Party of Angola Republican Party of Angola PREA 1994 Carlos Alberto Contreiras Gouveia

Smaller parties

Defunct parties

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