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In Photos: Angola Presidential Election

Voters in Angola are choosing a new president Wednesday to replace longtime leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who is stepping down after 38 years in power. Dos Santos’ People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, is expected to get enough votes to remain in power, led by his chosen successor Defense Minister Joao Lourenco. VOA Portuguese to Africa stringer Coque Mukuta is there and snapped these photos.

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Angolans wait to vote in the general election in Luanda, the early morning hours of August 23, 2017.
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Angolans wait to vote in the general election in Luanda, the early morning hours of August 23, 2017.

Isaías Samakuva, the leader of the UNITA opposition party votes in Luanda, Aug. 23, 2017.
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Isaías Samakuva, the leader of the UNITA opposition party votes in Luanda, Aug. 23, 2017.

The MPLA party's presidential candidate, João Lourenço, arrives at a polling station in Luanda.  Standing behind him are his wife and MPLA's vice presidential candidate, Bornito de Sousa.
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The MPLA party's presidential candidate, João Lourenço, arrives at a polling station in Luanda.  Standing behind him are his wife and MPLA's vice presidential candidate, Bornito de Sousa.

João Lourenço, presidential candidate for the MPLA party shows his ink-stamped thumb after voting in Luanda, Aug. 23, 2017.
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João Lourenço, presidential candidate for the MPLA party shows his ink-stamped thumb after voting in Luanda, Aug. 23, 2017.

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