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Vol 40 No 3

Published 5th February 1999


The President's men

A new cabinet is formed to tackle the war against UNITA and the collapsing economy

Two main imperatives drove the formation of President José Eduardo dos Santos' war cabinet, announced on 30 January: the need to find scapegoats for Angola's appalling economic and military problems and a serious attempt to improve the quality of economic management. President Dos Santos says he is taking personal charge of the two wars, against União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola and against economic devastation. He is to form a 'permanent commission' made up of selected ministers to serve as a link between the presidency and the cabinet.

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