A lot of the political parties have posted their party platforms around town, and among the more interesting ones promise things like “treating the 7th Day Adventists as equals to the Catholic Church.” Some of the party symbols are interesting also – my favorite features a writing pen with a big star on one end.
In a way I feel like I’m in some kind of bizarro civics class. I have no idea what the level of political discourse is like among the average citizen, but to the uneducated eye there seem to be open displays of support for a diverse number of parties. Are some of these people paid walking advertisements? Maybe, but it’s an exciting atmosphere nonetheless.
The MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) and UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) are the two strongest parties, the former being the party in power and the latter being the main resistance party during the civil war.
"Vote MPLA" banner outside our apartment:
UNITA and MPLA flags in Luanda (and an idea of what traffic is like):
Not sure how effective the giant beach ball was for the PRS:
"Bread, Peace, Liberty" with non-waterproof party platform posters:
"We are all part of this flag" general election poster encouraging voter registration:
MPLA outdoing UNITA in the flag size competition:
"MPLA: The right path for a better Angola"
Benguela Party HQ for the FNLA Party "Land and Liberty":