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Vol 55 No 1

Published 10th January 2014


The MPLA sticks to its course

Secretive and fearful of change, the ruling circle sees no reason to rock the boat with reforms. New major projects are likely to suffer delay

Whether or not the speculation about President José Eduardo dos Santos being in poor health turns out to be correct, 2014 could be the year that his successor is named. His lengthy stays in Spain last year fuelled much speculation about whether he was there for medical treatment or just shopping. He is expected to go back in the coming year. Manuel Vicente, the Vice-President and current bookies’ favourite in the succession race, may be minding the store during his boss’s protracted absences but his presidential future is by no means guaranteed (AC Vol 54 No 15). The few straws in the wind on his standing are likely to come in the form of reshuffles within cabinet and presidency.

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