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24 Sep 12:57 PM UTC

Angola: Heightened security during presidential inauguration, Sept. 26 /update 4

Heightened security and possible travel disruption in Luanda during presidential inauguration September 26

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/20/2017, 8:14 PM until 11/20/2017, 8:14 PM (Africa/Luanda).



The ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) president-elect, João Lourenço, is to be inaugurated in the capital city of Luanda on Tuesday, September 26. Heightened security and possible localized disruptions to travel should be expected. There is also the chance of protests and an associated crackdown by security forces.


Lourenço will replace current president Jos Eduardo dos Santos after 38 years in power. The constitutional court officially affirmed the results of the August 23 presidential election on September 13, after it rejected appeals previously filed by opposition parties. Despite validation by the court, the ceremony could be boycotted by some opposition parties.


Individuals present in Luanda are advised to monitor local news, avoid any public gatherings due to the risk of violence, and plan for possible disruption to travel throughout the coming days.