It’s hard to imagine the country without him, but dos Santos’ departure could well set change in motion.
Today is Angola’s Independence Day attained in 1975. We honour all those who sacrificed their lives during the struggle against Portuguese rule and colonialism, and remember all those who died in the liberation war and subsequent conflicts. Feliz Dia da Independência.
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.
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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