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Opposition in Angola: UNITA's Past, Present and Future

26 May 2009 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Chatham House, London


Raquel Ferrão, Guest Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala and PhD Candidate, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Justin Pearce, PhD Candidate, Oxford University



Angola's legislative elections in 2008 were the first to be held in 16 years. Despite a reduced number of votes, UNITA, the former rebel movement, remains the biggest opposition party in Angola. The transformation of UNITA from an internationally backed guerrilla army into a substantial political and democratic force in Angola is remarkable. However, this process has not always been easy. This roundtable meeting will present an overview of the history of this former rebel movement as well as some of the challenges for the present and the future.