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Vol 63 No 9

Published 28th April 2022

Fake passports unseat advisor

President Carlos Vila Nova has been forced into an embarrassing climb over one of his appointees, raising questions about accountability and ethics at the heart of the government. On 9 April, returning from a three-day visit to Portugal, his first state visit after assuming office in October, Vila Nova was asked why he had hired Stephan Welk, a German national linked to passport fraud, as his special advisor for international relations on 27 January.

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