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Vol 62 No 1

Published 7th January 2021


J-Lo suffers party backlash

The credibility of President's break with the country's kleptocratic and undemocratic recent past is fading fast

President João Lourenço promised an end to the corruption that characterised the rule of his predecessor, José Eduardo dos Santos, to the impunity of the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola, and a new role for an emboldened civil society. Yet, as the equally ambitious drive to restore the economy falters, so has the anti-corruption drive and efforts to increase accountability. The President finds himself unable to use greater democracy, accountability and the law to substitute for the traditional methods of rule, such as naked repression, bribery and patronage. With the economic climate so grim, his options are extremely limited.

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