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Angola Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Republic of Angola
    conventional short form: Angola
    local long form: Republica de Angola
    local short form: Angola
    former: People's Republic of Angola

    Data code: AO

    Government type: transitional government, nominally a multiparty democracy with a strong presidential system

    Capital: Luanda

    Administrative divisions: 18 provinces (provincias, singular—provincia); Bengo, Benguela, Bie, Cabinda, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Cunene, Huambo, Huila, Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uige, Zaire

    Independence: 11 November 1975 (from Portugal)

    National holiday: Independence Day, 11 November (1975)

    Constitution: 11 November 1975; revised 7 January 1978, 11 August 1980, 6 March 1991, and 26 August 1992

    Legal system: based on Portuguese civil law system and customary law; recently modified to accommodate political pluralism and increased use of free markets

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21 September 1979); note—the president is both chief of state and head of government
    head of government: President Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since January 1999); note—the president is both chief of state and head of government
    cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
    elections: President DOS SANTOS originally elected without opposition under a one-party system and stood for reelection in Angola's first multiparty elections in 28-29 September 1992, the last elections to be held (next to be held NA)
    election results: DOS SANTOS received 49.6% of the total vote, making a run-off election necessary between him and second-place finisher Jonas SAVIMBI; the run-off was not held and SAVIMBI's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) repudiated the results of the first election; the civil war resumed

    Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional (220 seats; members elected by proportional vote to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 29-30 September 1992 (next to be held NA)
    election results: percent of vote by party—MPLA 54%, UNITA 34%, others 12%; seats by party—MPLA 129, UNITA 70, PRS 6, FNLA 5, PLD 3, others 7

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court or Tribunal da Relacao, judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the president

    Political parties and leaders: Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola or MPLA [Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS] ruling party in power since 1975; National Union for the Total Independence of Angola or UNITA [Jonas SAVIMBI], largest opposition party engaged in years of armed resistance before joining the current unity government in April 1997; Social Renewal Party or PRS [leader NA]; National Front for the Liberation of Angola or FNLA [leader NA]; Liberal Democratic Party or PLD [leader NA]
    note: about a dozen minor parties participated in the 1992 elections but won few seats and have little influence in the National Assembly

    Political pressure groups and leaders: Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda or FLEC
    note: FLEC is waging a small-scale, highly factionalized, armed struggle for the independence of Cabinda Province

    International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, CCC, CEEAC, ECA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, NAM, OAS (observer), OAU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Antonio dos Santos FRANCA "N'dalu"
    chancery: 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036
    telephone: [1] (202) 785-1156
    FAX: [1] (202) 785-1258

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Joseph G. SULLIVAN
    embassy: number 32 Rua Houari Boumedienne, Miramar, Luanda
    mailing address: international mail: Caixa Postal 6484, Luanda; pouch: American Embassy Luanda, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-2550
    telephone: [244] (2) 345-481, 346-418
    FAX: [244] (2) 346-924

    Flag description: two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and black with a centered yellow emblem consisting of a five-pointed star within half a cogwheel crossed by a machete (in the style of a hammer and sickle)

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