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The highest level of Angola’s judicial system is the Supreme Court, or Tribunal da Relação. The Supreme Court rules on matters of national security and also reviews decisions made by lower courts to determine whether they should be upheld or overturned. The president appoints judges to the Supreme Court. The court system that most people encounter is the people’s court system. Established in the late 1970s, these courts handle criminal trials and labor disputes in provincial capitals and other large towns.

S. 77 Angolan kwanzas (2007) *GDP is the total value of goods and services produced in a country annually. All figures are 2006 estimates unless otherwise indicated. Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007. OPEC is a cartel that attempts to keep oil a profitable commodity. To do this, each member country agrees to a production quota. This ensures that the supply of oil will not exceed the demand and helps keep prices stable. Angola also harvests liquefied petroleum (LP) gas, which can be used for heating, cooking, and to operate vehicles and machinery.

Right) Young children attend mass in a Roman Catholic church in Cazombo. About 38 percent of Angolans consider themselves Catholics. 2 million people. Historically, most Angolans have lived in rural areas, but since the 1970s the population has drifted toward cities. This trend increased during the civil war, when the Angolan countryside was extremely dangerous. Luanda took the brunt of the displacement, and today about a quarter of the population lives in or around the nation’s capital. Most Angolans—approximately three-quarters of the population—are members of one of three major ethnic groups, the Ovimbundu (37 percent), Mbundu (22 percent), and Bakongo (13 percent).

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