Angola’s president balances the risks of stability and power

Angola, an emerging regional power
Angola, an emerging regional power

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has held power in Angola for 33 years. But he faces growing protests in its urban centres because of a lack of reform and electoral transparency while the country enjoys ten years of peace and prosperity after a 27-year civil war. Elections in August 2012 could be a watershed for him and the country.

ANGOLA, one of Africa`s top oil producers, has become a regional power after a decade of peace which has given it political and social stability and significant economic growth.

Just ten years ago, in 2002, Angola was in ruins after being ravaged by a brutal 27-year civil war which cost one million li...

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