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Vol 52 No 10

Published 13th May 2011


Angola

Why the Arab Spring worries Luanda

After 32 years in power, President Dos Santos presides over a fast growing economy which leaves most of his compatriots in dire poverty

The buzz word is ‘opacity’. Elections are due by the end of 2012 but no one is certain who is standing. Angola has one of the strongest economies in Africa but the beneficiaries of the boom are hiding behind high walls and offshore bank accounts (AC Vol 52 No 8). This is the stuff of daily conversation on the streets of Luanda, Lobito and Huambo. With one of the best financed intelligence organisations in Africa, the government knows this all too well and that is why the spectre of an ‘Arab Spring’ looms large in Luanda (AC Vol 52 No 6).

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