>> Expected to usher in their first new leader in 38 years. Angolans vote in a parliamentary election on Wednesday. The ruling MPLA party's Defense Minister Goncalves Lourenco is expected to emerge as President. He's pledged to boost growth and fight corruption in a country weighed down by recession, gaping inequality and higher unemployment.
Angola is Africa's second biggest oil producer, but poor people here have benefitted little from that. The NPLA came into power in 2002 after a 27-year civil war. Recent allegations of cronyism though have marred its popularity, and whilst it might stay in power, a reduced majority is expected. Questions have been raised over how much power Laurenco will actually have though if he wins.
Veteran leader Jose Eduardo Dos Santos will continue as the party head, and could have a sweeping say over decision making. His daughter heads national oil producer and his son is in charge of the $5 billion state investment fund. Lourenco though says he won't be a puppet President and will focus on weeding out corrupt politicians and lead what he's calling an economic miracle.
An unofficial result is expected on Friday, but a formal one could take weeks as ballot boxes make their way along potholed roads.