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Luanda uneasy as poll approaches

Whether or not the rumours about the President’s ill health are true, the signs that his era is ending are already showing

The state of health of President José Eduardo dos Santos has long been one of Angola's best-kept secrets. So it has remained for the three months since he was rushed to a Luanda h...


Bye bye magic money tree

When central bank Governor Valter Filipe da Silva took the platform at a meeting on Angola's financial sector on 5 July, some listened to him describe the government's efforts to r...


Rock and Kroll

A summary of the much anticipated audit of the secret US$2 billion loans is out. It reveals they were all buck and no bang

The audit by Kroll Associates of the loans to three supposed maritime projects talks about what the US$2 billion loans were not spent on but not where the money really went. The se...


Cyril's musical chairs

The presidential hopeful depends on a delicate mix of favours, talent and self-interest to produce his leadership slate

The Deputy President of the governing African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his followers are performing an intricate balancing act. They are busy finalising nominations ...


In a state of suspense

President Edgar Lungu declared a state of emergency on 5 July, confirming the fears of oppositionists. 'If I become a dictator for once, bear with me,' he told reporters after the ...


Factional fireworks threaten party

Next week's policy conference promises to bring all the party's problems together in an explosive combination

Senior African National Congress leaders are deeply worried that the stresses within the governing party could tear the ANC apart as they look forward to next week's policy confere...


Trafigura aims for gas prize

The giant commodities firm hopes to help its politically favoured partner, Sakunda Holdings, to cash in on an expected gas boom

Multinational commodities trader Trafigura is expanding into power generation and natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), via its local Zimbabwean ally and partner, Sak...


Mugabe the juggler

Harare is abuzz with speculation about upheavals in the ruling party which could change the succession game

A vital meeting of the Politburo of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front was due to take place as Africa Confidential went to press. Such is the turmoil in the highe...

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The ghost of elections past

Suspecting a plot to rig the presidential election, the opposition has mobilised huge crowds

'We only have God, the people and the law. We want fair elections,' read one of the posters held by protestors from Angola's main opposition party, the União Nacional para a Indepe...


EFF-ANC alliance floated

A coalition with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters gave the Democratic Alliance control of key cities, including Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria) after August's local el...


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