Angola's presidential candidate João Lourenço casts vote amid media mayhem

Long-standing President José Eduardo dos Santos is stepping down after hand-picking his successor.

The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola presidential candidate João Lourenço casts his vote in Luanda on 23 August 2017 during the general elections. Picture: AFP.

LUANDA – Angolan elections are underway, without any major incidents having been reported so far.

Long-standing President José Eduardo dos Santos is stepping down after hand-picking his successor.

His ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola's presidential candidate and Defence Minister João Lourenço has cast his vote amid media mayhem at the law faculty of the Agostinho Neto University.

Lourenço has often been criticised for not being as charismatic as Dos Santos.

But he took the media into his confidence after he cast his ballot, saying he's happy with his campaign and is looking forward to turning the ailing economy around.

He'll spend Wednesday afternoon at home with his family, quietly waiting for the results.

Campaigning has been largely peaceful across the country, but the opposition UNITA has already indicated it’ll take to the streets should they deem the election results unfair.