The office of the President is supposed to be limited to two five-year terms, but only Dos Santos has held the post.
In January 2010 the National Assembly approved a new constitution, according to which the leader of the party with the most seats in the Assembly would become president, rather than a public vote taking place.
Back: Coat of arms; pelican flying over Luena waterfalls. This 28-page catalog covers notes issued by the Banco de Angola (Bank of Angola) from 1927 to 1973, and the Banco Nacional de Angola (National Bank of Angola) from 1976 to present. Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations.
The coalition government established by the Treaty of Alvor soon ended as nationalist factions, doubting one another's intentions, tried to control the country by force.
The liberation forces sought to seize strategic points, most importantly the capital, by the official day of independence.
The so-called "Carnation Revolution" of 25 April 1974 ended Portugal's colonial government, but Angola's three main independence forces, National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) began competing for dominance in the country.
Fighting began in November 1974, starting in the capital city, Luanda, and spreading quickly across all of Angola, which was soon divided among the combatants.