Theoretically the supreme body within the MPLA-PT, the
congress was actually controlled by top party officials.
its first regular session in 1977 and an extraordinary
1980, the party congress was expected to convene once
years. Most of the 630 delegates to the 1985 Second Party
were elected from among provincial committees, with most
the Central Committee and all members of the Political
delegates. The party congress was responsible for setting
party's overall policy direction, confirming the Political
choice of party chairman and president, and electing the
Committee members, who retained the decision-making
the party congress between sessions.
Data as of February 1989