Angola

After receiving independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola experienced a civil war, with the Popular Movement for the Liberation for Angola fighting against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. The civil war lasted 27 years, ending in 2002, and Angola is currently rebuilding itself. Legislative elections were held in 2008, and were supposed to be held again in 2009, but President Dos Santos (leader of the Popular Movement for the Liberation for Angola) pushed through a new constitution that calls for elections in 2012. Angola has a total area of 1,246,700 sq km, which makes it slightly less than twice the size of Texas, and its capital is Luanda. The population of Angola is 18,056,072 people, and Portuguese is its official language. 47% of the people of Angola have indigenous beliefs, 38% are Catholic, and 15% are Protestant. Angola’s natural resources are petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, and uranium. It has a civil legal system based on Portuguese civil law, with no judicial review of legislation. The national symbol of Angola is the sable antelope.

 

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