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Angolan election: MPLA party consolidates control and eyes role as regional power

By Brian Smith, October 1, 2008

The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won a landslide victory in early September polls with 81.64 percent of the vote. It now has a reinforced majority of 191 of the 220 seats in the assembly.

Angola becomes Africa’s largest oil producer

By Brian Smith, September 4, 2008

Angola overtook Nigeria this year as Africa’s largest, and the world’s eighth largest, oil producer—a combination of Angola’s surge in growth and Nigeria’s decline in production following rebel attacks on its oilfields.