Angolans elect new president as dos Santos retires

| Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 3:26pm



Millions of Angolans are voting for their first new president in 38 years.

Wednesday's election will see President Jose Eduardo dos Santos quit after nearly four decades in power, with the outgoing leader praised by some of leading the country to recovery after the end of its civil war in 2002, and accused by others of authoritarianism.

Polls opened at 06:00 GMT and will close at 17:00 GMT. First results are expected on Thursday.

About 9.3 million Angolans are registered to vote for the 220-member National Assembly, and the winning party five are vying to lead the country will then select the president.

Defence Minister Joao Lourenco, the ruling party candidate, is widely expected to win Wednesday's vote, though it remained uncertain whether his party, facing discontent over the state of the economy and allegations of corruption, would secure the two-thirds majority needed to govern alone.