Little-known in Angolan political circles until now, Luisete Macedo Araújo (50) has thrust herself into the limelight by putting herself forward as the first female independent presidential candidate, according to IPS news.
She is the first Angolan woman to set her sights on the country’s top job, held for the last 30 years by the same man, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
While the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola has more than 70 women among its 191 members of parliament, and several female ministers in government, there are few high profile women in opposition.
The second biggest party the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) has 16 seats in the National Assembly, of which four are held by women. The remaining three opposition parties, sharing 12 seats between them, have no women in parliament.