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Country Report Angola

  • ID: 2114010
  • September 2014
  • Region: Angola
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

As part of its efforts to seek a higher international profile, Angola is bidding for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

The UN General Assembly, which opened its 69th annual sitting on September 24th, will in October designate five non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for a two-year mandate starting on January 1st 2015. Only one place is there for the taking for an African country, but Angola is also the only declared candidate on the continent and should thus have little problem securing its seat.

The Angolan government has missed no opportunity to promote its campaign, making a point of publicly securing backing from every visiting overseas official and ambassador that it can and making those endorsements front-page news in the state media. This strategy has two goals. First, a UN Security Council seat would raise Angola's international profile, something clearly coveted by the president, José Eduardo dos Santos, who after 35 years in post appears to be seeking to build a legacy ahead of his eventual exit from power. Second, the authorities are trying to use the UN election to boost domestic support for Mr dos Santos at a time when his popularity is waning.

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