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Angolan 'openness' welcomed

By unknown | May 07, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LUANDA - Recent signs of "openness" by Angola's famously opaque government have been welcomed by political analysts, but the oil-rich country must now turn the transparency talk into real action, the same experts say.

Four Angolan ministers and the central bank governor gave an unprecedented press conference for local and international journalists last week, broadcast live on radio and television in a country not used to government openness.

Carlos Feijo, state minister for civil affairs, told journalists that transparency and good governance would be highlights of long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' government under a new constitution adopted in February. Analysts say the conference was the first of its kind in Angola.

"The conference was transmitted live on radio and television, with a variety of questions from the journalists.

"It's a sign that the new government is going to be closer to people," said Moises Sachipangue of Angola's state-owned TV network.

"It is a positive sign. This is something that never happened before," said Elias Isaac of the Open Society Institute. - Sapa-AFP


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