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Adalberto da Costa Junior elected new UNITA leader

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:17 - Updated Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:02

New UNITA president Adalberto Costa Júnior Photo: kinda kyungu

Luanda - Adalberto da Costa Júnior was elected new UNITA leader during the 13th Ordinary Congress of the main opposition party in Angola on Friday.

The 57-year-old Adalberto da Costa Júnior, who replaces Isaías Samakuva, was elected with 594 votes (53.4 percent), becoming the third president of Angola's largest opposition party. The first was Jonas Savimbi.

Alcides Sakala was second with 422 votes (37 percent), followed by Kamalata Numa with 68 votes (6.1 percent), while Raúl Danda and José Katchiungo were the least voted with 17 (1.5 percent) and 10 (0.9 percent) votes, respectively.

Some 1,150 delegates attended the event.

Leader of the UNITA Parliamentary Bench, the politician was born in Chinjenje, central Huambo province.

Adalberto da Costa Júnior holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Higher Institute of Engenharia do Porto and Public Ethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

The politician, who joined UNITA in 1975, was a representative of his party abroad from 1989 to 2002 in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Married with three children, in 2017, he was often seen as the potential successor of Isaiah Samakuva at UNITA president.

Check below the career of the new president of UNITA:

- 1980: He headed JURA (UNITA youth organisation) in Porto, Portugal;
- 1991 - 1996: UNITA representative in Portugal;
- 1996 - 2002: UNITA representative in Italy and the Vatican;
- 2003: Provincial Secretary of UNITA in Luanda;
- 2003 - 2008: UNITA Secretary for Communication and Marketing;
- 2003 - 2009: UNITA spokesperson;
- 2009 - 2011: UNITA National Secretary for Heritage Affairs;
 - 2012 - 2016: First Vice-President of UNITA Parliamentary Group.