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35 36 Angola The constitution also guarantees individual freedoms, such as freedom of speech and assembly, and prohibits discrimination based on color, race, ethnicity, sex, religion, place of birth, level of education, wealth, or social status. Angola consists of 18 provinces, which are subdivided into 161 smaller districts. These in turn are broken down even further into quarters (also called communes). Quarters are made up of villages, and larger villages are made up of neighborhoods. Officials in neighborhoods and villages are elected directly by the people.

The country hosted the tournament in 1989, 1999, and 2007. In addition, during 2006 an Angolan team won the African Champion Clubs Cup, a competition of professional basketball clubs. In soccer, 2006 marked the first year Angola participated in the finals of the World Cup championships. In an emotional match the national team lost to Portugal, one of the best teams in the world, by a respectable 1-0 score. The The People of Angola 65 country’s best-known player is Fabrice Alcebiade Maieco, nicknamed “Akwa,” who is captain of the national team and has scored 36 goals in international competition.

Since then, UNITA leaders have worked on improving their party’s appeal to Angolans. In 2003, Isaias Samakuva was elected president of UNITA; he remains the party’s leader. Other political parties in Angola include the Social Renewal Party (PRS), which holds six seats in the National Assembly; the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA), with five Assembly seats; and the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), which holds three seats. Smaller parties hold the remaining seven assembly seats. 43 (Opposite) Oil is Angola’s most important resource, and the country produces more than a million barrels each day.

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