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Angola: Internal Critics of Lourenço Remain Mobilized Despite Appeasement

Recent intelligence analyzes indicate that the Angolan regime (“government of President Lourenço”; definition used) remains divided – hence a political problem that, in addition to the social and economic issues it is also faced with, both considered equally serious, may become a focus of instability.

In line with the same outlook, JOÃO LOURENÇO (JL) has been promoting a climate of internal concord. Apparently he achieved this objective on the occasion of the MPLA congress, DEC.2021. The concessions and deference with which he showered his internal critics (AM Special Report 67), however, did not serve to definitively “demobilize” them, since many of them show that they have not abandoned their positions. READ MORE