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Vol 48 No 5

Published 2nd March 2007


Angola

Authoritarian alliances

Party stalwarts want a centralised dictatorship to develop the country. The government seems to be listening

Angolans are waiting for a peace dividend five years after the Forças Armadas Angolanas (FAA) tracked down and killed Jonas Savimbi, leader of the rebel União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA). Social indicators such as child mortality remain among the world's worst, according to the UN, although Angola's oil riches make it one of the world's fastest growing economies. The promised crackdown on corruption has not happened; there is more secrecy about state oil revenues than during the war. Instead, there has been a crackdown on political dissent.

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