After years demanding this right, Angolans living in the diaspora are finally set to vote in the country’s general elections for the first time in August.
People aged 18 and above have until 31 March to register, and the authorities say they hope to register about 450,000 Angolans spread across the world.
Mário Sousa, a 53-year-old who's lived in the UK since 2002, will be one of them. "We are looking forward to seeing how the process goes," he says.
So is Luzia Moniz - an Angolan journalist who has lived in Portugal for 33 years. She says the diaspora voting is "a first step towards what is needed to move the country forward as a democracy".
But Ms Moniz says she is concerned about the vote-counting process, because the ruling MPLA party has told local media that diaspora votes will have to be counted at the electoral commission's headquarters in the capital.
"We need more transparency in the voting process. It is not enough for the diaspora to vote. We need to end autocracy," she says.
The international rights index Freedom House says despite some improvements made since President João Lourenço’s election in 2017, Angola continues to score poorly in terms of electoral process, political pluralism and civil liberties.