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Unita chooses Savimbi successor

Delegates from the former Angolan rebel movement Unita are in the capital Luanda to elect a new president to succeed Jonas Savimbi, who was killed in battle last year. The congress ends on Friday, and is intended to mark the movement’s transition from guerrilla army to political party. Following Mr Savimbi’s death, Unita signed a peace treaty with the Angolan Government, bringing to an end a civil war that began at the time of independence from the Portuguese in 1975. The two front-runners for president are Paulo Lukamba, better known as General Gato, or the Cat, and Isias Samakuva. Both men have attracted Unita heavyweights to their camps, and some Unita supporters worry that a fierce leadership struggle could prove divisive in the long run. Full Story

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