Category Archives: Angola

Between citizenship and marginalisation in Angola


Vasco Martins tells us about his recent research on citizenship in Angola, which has recent been published in Citizenship Studies. Vasco is a research at the Centre for International Studies, ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon.

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Angola crackdown fails to silence criticism

Justin Pearce explores the growing number of voices criticising Angola’s regime, and the persecution that they have faced. Justin is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

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Corruption and the rule of law in Angola

Nic Cheeseman

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman shares the experience of Rafael Marques de Morais who has been facing charges in Angola, having provided an account of the corruption that surrounds the country’s oil industry. He also explores what these ongoing trials can tell us about the state of the nation more broadly.

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Rafael Marques free

We are delighted to share the news that all charges against Rafael Marques were dropped yesterday, and he has now been released. Rafael – a journalist and a former student at the University of Oxford – was facing ten years in jail, and fines amounting to $1.2m in defamation. The charges emerged in response to his […]

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Urgent: Support Rafael Marques


Rafael Marques, a graduate of the MSc in African Studies at Oxford, is being tried in Angola for his writing and reporting.  A brief history can be found in the article below.  He is back in court today, Thursday 21st May.   His case has attracted international attention and has been taken up by Amnesty International […]

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Angolan elections: in review


Here, Paula Cristina Roque gives us an overview of the Situation Report that she wrote for the Institute of Security Studies. The report reflects on what we can learn from the elections in Angola at the end of August last year.      

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Angolan election: opposition gains ground despite malpractice

Following the Angolan election results, Justin Pearce takes a look at the country’s political landscape and the prospects for future change. Justin Pearce is a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. Angola is preparing to swear in a new government after elections on 31 August in which official results gave 71% of the vote to […]

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Angola: At the polls and beyond

Paula Cristina Roque

As Angolans go to the polls today, Paula Cristina Roque shares with us her thoughts on the elections, and the prospects for democratic change. Paula is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford. As events of the last year have shown us, Marx was right: people do not make history in circumstances of their […]

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The Presidential Succession in Angola: When, Who and How?

Presidential succession is one of the most important phenomena in African politics, yet it is rarely the subject of serious research.  Ruling parties often fail to agree a new presidential candidate, resulting in party splits and the creation of new opposition parties.  In turn, these processes can undermine the campaigns of ruling parties and create […]

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The Struggle for Democracy in Angola

Democracy in Africa contributor Justin Pearce has contributed an article to the African Arguments series. Here, he summarizes his argument that the recent protests against the government reflect wider dissatisfaction with the tenure of José Eduardo dos Santos. The anti-government demonstrations that have taken place regularly in Luanda since the beginning of this year have […]

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