Angola’s Opposition Questions dos Santos’ Opaque China Deals

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, June 9, 2015 (Wang Zhao/Pool Photo via AP).
Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, June 9, 2015 (Wang Zhao/Pool Photo via AP).
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During a session of the Angolan parliament late last month, members of the main opposition party, UNITA, boycotted a vote on a private investment law because of concerns over transparency. It was a rare display of dissent against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, with some UNITA lawmakers questioning the details surrounding recent loan deals with China, struck during dos Santos’ visit to Beijing in June. “How much did our president get from China? Nobody knows. How will we pay for it? Nobody knows,” Raul Danda, a UNITA legislator, told his fellow parliamentarians. “We asked our president to explain what he […]

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