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Vol 40 No 3

Published 5th February 1999


All about power

Jonas Savimbi's aims are clear but they are unlikely to prevail

What does Jonas Savimbi's União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola hope to gain from the return to all-out war? Power, of course. Savimbi's specific aim is to strangle the key cities and thus provoke a revolt against President José Eduardo dos Santos' government. Failing that, Savimbi may hope that, with both sides tearing up the 1994 Lusaka peace accords, it may be possible to renegotiate a better political deal. Neither aim is likely to succeed.

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