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Vol 58 No 20

Published 6th October 2017


New man takes it slow

Lourenço's first appointments leave a country hungry for change doubting that any reform is imminent

Invitations to the VIP area at João Lourenço's inauguration in Luanda on 26 September were hard to come by, even for the ruling-party elite, such was the anticipation around the event. But it failed to live up to its billing. Lourenço made a 45-minute speech to try and underline the importance of the occasion. (That's long, but even if it had only lasted five minutes it would have marked him out as a ten times better orator than predecessor and mentor, José Eduardo dos Santos, whose speeches often embarrassed his keenest supporters.)

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