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MPLA rattled as Angola’s oil price plummets
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Politics and Society MPLA rattled as Angola’s oil price plummets

There’s a palpable sense of crisis in Angola, say observers of the country. That’s largely because of the plummeting price of oil, the mainstay of the economy. This is making it harder for ordinary people to make ends meet and so is stirring social discontent. It’s also making it harder for the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) government to finance the security apparatus and the patronage networks that have so far kept it in power, despite the rising discontent.

The Angola-Portugal connection: a relationship of mutual dependency
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Politics and Society The Angola-Portugal connection: a relationship of mutual dependency

In recent years, more than 100 000 Portuguese have immigrated to Angola in hope of a better life. The Angolan economy is booming while times are tough in the former colonial power. This article reflects on this phenomenon and the implications of the newly found confidence of Angola’s elite vis-à-vis the former colonial master