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  • Angola Monitor: Issue 3/13

    By Mark | July 31, 2013

    The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

    This issue covers the speculation that José dos Santos is being lined up to succeed his father as president, the recent cabinet reshuffle and the sacking of Luanda’s police chief under political news. In economic news it covers government plans for the privatisation of state assets, the proposed increase in electricity prices and the growing questions about the Angola Russia debt deal. In human rights news it covers the continued crackdown on protests, the controversial legal cases against two journalists and the arrest of teacher’s union leaders during strikes in Huíla province. In aid and development news it covers the worsening drought in southern Angola and the dengue fever epidemic in Luanda. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola elections

    By Mark | September 3, 2012

    Source: BBC News

    Angola election judged ‘free and fair’ by African Union

    African Union observers have given national elections in Angola a clean bill of health, despite opposition claims of fraud and illegality. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Elections: Dos Santos wants another term to rebuild

    By Mark | August 30, 2012

    Source: Mail and Guardian/AFP

    Angola’s president has asked the country to give him five more years in power to further his drive to rebuild the country after its 27-year civil war.

    President José Dos Santos, already in office for more than 33 years, has campaigned on his MPLA party’s multibillion-dollar drive to pour the nation’s Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola: a land of economic and social contrasts after ten years of peace

    By Mark | July 30, 2012

    Luís Samacumbi is Director of the Department of Social Assistance, Studies and Projects (DASEP) of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Angola, and a member of the Angola Political and Social Observatory.

    On April 4 2012 Angola celebrated the “Precious Decade” – a day of peace and national reconciliation. The celebration ceremony took place in the province where the war began and ended, Moxico, where despair turned to hope in 2002. It’s now ten years since peace came – how time flies! Read the rest of this entry »

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    Extraordinary Summit of SADC Luanda 1 June

    By Tony | June 6, 2012

    Communique from the SADC Summit 1 June 2012

    1. An Extraordinary Session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Luanda, Republic of Angola on 1st June 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola court removes ‘MPLA’ election head Susana Ingles

    By Mark | May 18, 2012

    BBC

    Angola’s Supreme Court has blocked the appointment of the election commission head, seen as a close ally of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Southern Africa sets up regional climate research centre

    By Sarah | April 24, 2012

    Guardian, 23 April 2012

    Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek.

    The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (Sasscal) is intended to support cross-border research and land management. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Mixed Progress in Angola after Ten Years of Peace

    By Sarah | April 3, 2012

    Chatham House, 3 April 2012

    by Nicholas Shaxson, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme

    When stunned Angolans picked up their copies of Jornal de Angola in February 2002 to see the bullet-riddled body of UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, many immediately knew that the long years of war were over.

    The conflict, which first erupted upon independence from Portugal in 1975, was about many things. It was a war of UNITA’s oppressed rural peasants against oil-rich, predominantly coastal and urban élites. It was a struggle between different ethnic and geographical groups; and it was a proxy war pitting the United States and Apartheid-era South Africa against the Soviet Union, Cuba and its allies. It was even a war of minerals, with oil underpinning the army of the ruling MPLA, while diamonds fed UNITA. Most fundamentally, though, it was a war of ambition by Jonas Savimbi, whose dream was to rule Angola, no matter what the human cost. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Floods leave Angolan returnees stranded

    By Sarah | January 10, 2012

    IRIN News, 6 January 2012

    Several thousand Angolan returnees from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are stranded by floods in northeastern Angola. They are among the first casualties of what promises to be a very wet rainy season in parts of southern Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Dos Santos announces elections at the end of 2012

    By Sarah | October 27, 2011

    Mail & Guardian, 21 October 2011

    Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos announced this week that his country would go to the polls at the end of 2012, but he stopped short of saying whether he would stand for re-election.
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