Angolan Presidential Election – Job, Corruption Top On João Lourenço’s Agenda

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João Lourenço was speaking Saturday in central Huambo province during a public rally that kick-started his party’s electoral campaign.

João Lourenço mentioned decentralization of public services as other measures MPLA will take to improve the living of the population, should it win the forthcoming 23 August election.

The politician said that “if the fight against corruption fails, the whole organization of the national economy will be affected.”

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He spoke of the need for a greater attention to the economy in order to improve the country’s business environment and attract more foreign investment.

João Lourenço also mentioned measures to fight the regional asymmetries, by taking development into the inland regions of the country and significantly reduce bureaucracy.

The ruling MPLA party’s presidential candidate spoke of the need for a fairer distribution of the national wealth, through social and economic inclusion policies, so that more people gain access to businesses.

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With 763,936 registered voters, Huambo ranks fourth among the country’s most disputed electoral regions.

In the 2012 election, MPLA grabbed four of the five parliamentary seats of Huambo’s constituency.

Six parties are gearing to the fourth Angolan general election. They are the ruling MPLA party, and opposition UNITA, PRS, FNLA, APN and CASA-CE coalition.

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