The small province is responsible for 60 percent of oil production in the country but locals say they do not benefit from its revenues.
Joao Lourenco is expected to take office on September 21 replacing Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down after 38 years at the helm.
After nearly forty years in power, Jose Eduardo dos Santos no longer rules Angola. Decades of the Dos Santos Kleptocracy means that the new president will have little power to capture the reins of the economy from the former president's family.
Angola's ruling MPLA party says it has won a majority in the election. The party's former defence minister is expected to be voted in as president.
As veteran leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos, steps down as prime minister, the ruling party's defence minister, Joao Lourenco is poised to take up his position. He will be inheriting an economy in recession with unemployment and inflation on the rise.
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