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Country Report Angola

  • Published: September 2014
  • Region: Angola
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

There have been a series of heated confrontations between members of the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) and supporters of the opposition União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA) in the traditional UNITA heartland of Bie province.

Angola's opposition parties made some gains in the 2012 polls, and between them they now hold 45 parliamentary seats. However, the MPLA still commands 175 out of 220 seats in the National Assembly and can pass any vote it wishes, even on a low turnout. This lack of voice in parliament is frustrating UNITA and its fellow opposition group, Convergência Ampla de Salvação de Angola-Coligação Eleitoral (CASA-CE), both of which have visibly increased their community activism and ramped up their social media activity in recent months. However, this is leading to heated debates and some violent clashes-as in Bie province-sparking accusations of a rise in political intolerance.

Equally, although UNITA and CASA-CE are now getting coverage in state media-which used not to be the case-the parties claim that this is not always balanced. For example, in mid-September Jornal READ MORE >

Country Report Angola

Political tempers fray
Impact on the forecast

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