Angola has announced that local government elections will be held - for the first time - in 2013 or 2014. Angola's 27-year civil war ended in 2002 and general elections next year will be only the second in the country's history. Until now, all local government leaders were appointed by the president.
While it is usually high-profile presidential elections that attract international media attention, local governments often have a greater impact on the every day lives of ordinary people. Democracy at local level is a real opportunity for ordinary people to have a say in how government serves them. This is a momentous opportunity for the people of Angola.