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Vol 39 No 16

Published 7th August 1998


Angola

War drums sounding

UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's meetings with Dos Santos and Savimbi may be the last hope to rescue the peace accord

Jonas Savimbi is on the presidential campaign trail again. He has ordered his troops into a series of carefully orchestrated hit-and-run attacks against government positions in twelve of the country’s 18 provinces. Insiders from the União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola insist that Savimbi is still determined to be Angola’s President; it’s the only cause left for him. He has spent the last 33 years fighting, first against Portuguese colonialism, then against communism and its African supporters and most of all, against the 23-year rule of the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola.

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