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Angola's UNITA Chief Drops out of Leadership Race

The successor of Jonas Savimbi, the veteran leader of Angola’s rebel UNITA movement who died in combat last year, said he would not run for the leadership when UNITA elects a president and becomes an opposition political party. Paulo Lukamba Gato, UNITA’s secretary-general, has led the movement since Savimbi was killed in an ambush in February last year and his deputy, Antonio Dembo, died of diabetes nine days later. Savimbi’s death led rapidly to the end of the southwest African nation’s 27-year civil war, and UNITA signed a ceasefire with the government two months after his death. “I became UNITA’s leader during a crisis and my leadership will end with the election of a new president,” Lukamba Gato told journalists late on Monday at the closing ceremony of UNITA’s third ordinary meeting of its political commission. Full Story

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