Angola goes to the polls on Friday for only its third general election since independence from Portugal in 1975.
There followed a 27-year civil war from which the country is still recovering. Angola is making progress and has become Africa’s second largest oil producer.
But there remains a huge gap between rich and poor.
The favourite to win the election is the ruling MPLA party candidate Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the second longest serving president in Africa.
His progress is being watched carefully by major energy buyers like the United States and China, but he claims his priorities lie closer to home.
“We don’t hide from the country’s difficulties. We are realists, pragmatic and practical,” said dos Santos.
The main opposition party UNITA has lodged several complaints of irregularities with Angola’s election commission but these have all been ignored.
Their candidate Isaias Samakuva addressed supporters at a rally near at the party’s headquarters of its radio station on the outskirts of Luanda.
Last week he called for a postponement of the elections for a month to allow time for what he called a lack of transparency.
Both parties are promising to do more to reduce poverty and inequality.