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Introduction:

Angola scores low on human development indexes despite using its large oil reserves to rebuild since the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002. Fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas Savimbi, followed independence from Portugal in 1975.

Peace seemed imminent in 1992 when Angola held national elections, but fighting picked up again in 1993. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost - and 4 million people displaced - during the more than a quarter century of fighting. Savimbi's death in 2002 ended UNITA's insurgency and cemented the MPLA's hold on power. Dos Santos stepped down from the presidency in 2017, having led the country since 1979. He pushed through a new constitution in 2010.

 

Angola Flag
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Angola Emblem
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Quick Facts

Population:
30,355,880 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
Africa
Area:
total= 1,246,700 sq km

Government:
Republic; Multiparty Presidential Regime
Capital:
Luanda

Internet Code:
.ao

Airports:
176 (2013)

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Angola Map
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Astronaut Image

Angolla Astronaut Image 
ANGOLA
Mission/Frame: ISS014-E-20356
Spacecraft Altitude: 187 nautical miles (346 km)
Features: LUANDA, I., GLINT, B. OF BENGO

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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