10 November 2012

Angola: Rafael Marques At the European Parliament


The Member of the European Parliament, Ana Gomes, will host a discussion on Angola at the European Parliament in Brussels, on November 14, 2012. Angolan anti-corruption campaigner and human rights activist Rafael Marques will address Angola after the Elections: Oil and the Prospect for Democracy.

The ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and its leader José Eduardo dos Santos, won the recente elections by a landslide of nearly 72 percent. MPLA has been in power for 37 years, since 1975, while President dos Santos has recently celebrated 33 years in office.

Last month, President dos Santos formally enabled his son, José Filomeno dos Santos, to formally be at the helm of the newly established Angolan Sovereign Oil Fund, endowed with a sum of US $5 billion. This move, of outright nepotism and abuse of power, make the fund just another conduit for grand corruption and money laundering.

Rafael Marques de Morais argues that "such massive scale of corruption remains the main impediment to democracy in Angola."

Human rights issues will also feature prominently in the discussion meeting, which will have the participation of the Human Rights Watch Desk Officer for Angola, Lisa Rimli.

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