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Latest update : 2008-09-04

Angola's opposition party Unita is fighting an uphill battle against the incumbent party in Friday's elections. FRANCE 24's Alex Duval Smith and Stefan Carstens report on their valiant effort to stay afloat against overwhelming odds.

In the poorer neighbourhoods of the Angolan capital Luanda, supporters of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) have planted their flags. While Unita has lost the country's civil war, it's hoping to pull off a major upset in the electoral contest. 

 

Oil production has enabled the African country to launch a spectacular reconstruction programme. Yet, this has largely benefited the elite supporters of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the former Marxist party in power since independence. Beneath the skyscrapers life is very different. This is where the opposition is mounting its challenge.

 

Click on the photo above to watch the report by FRANCE 24's Alex Duval Smith and Stefan Carstens.

Date created : 2008-09-03

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