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Vol 40 No 14

Published 9th July 1999


Savimbi's splitters

Divisions among supporters and tougher sanctions cause problems for UNITA's leader

Government forces have launched a new offensive on the rebel bases at Andulo and Bailundo. They may be pushing at an open door. We hear that Jonas Savimbi of the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola is resigned to losing these towns in the Planalto (central highlands) and has withdrawn most key staff and equipment. The capture of Andulo and Bailundo would be a huge symbolic victory for the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola but hardly a death blow for UNITA. Savimbi's problems are political and financial rather than military.

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