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MPLA “scared” by the United Patriotic Front | Angola | DV



MPLA "scared" by the United Patriotic Front |  Angola |  DV

2022 is a promising year politically for Angola, starting with the recent swap of accusations between President João Laurenzo and UNITA leader Adalberto Costa Junior.

Angolan political scientist Olivio Nkilumbo has no doubts that the political situation in Angola has improved significantly recently. And opposition grew when they decided to run as a united bloc in the general elections slated for August. Therefore, he believes that statements by President João Lawrence, who said last week that UNITA has joined other parties because it is afraid to speak alone against the MPLA, only reveal fears that the ruling party will have to face the Patriotic Front. ) at the elections.

DW Africa: Joao Lawrence says that The National Union for the Complete Independence of Angola (UNITA) is “worse than a few years ago” and that it has formed a coalition because it is afraid to face Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) at the elections. But don’t you feel that the political environment in Angola is different now and that the collective drive for pluralism is growing?

Olivio Nkilumbo (ON): The political environment has improved significantly, especially after the election of Adalberto Costa Junior in 2019, because he came to revitalize the political environment. This significantly changed the position of UNITA as an opposition party, which now wanted to replace it. This is a plus. Now the opposition has grown in terms of political quality, because it decided to go in a bloc to the next elections. And by the way, João Laurence only tastes his poison, as they say in slang, because in one of his public speeches, he said that cousins, friends and nephews must come together if they want to come to power. The opposition did it.

DW Africa: Do you think this speech by João Laurenzo shows that the MPLA is afraid to face UNITA and the United Patriotic Front in the elections?

ON THE: Absolutely. In mature democracies, they no longer go one by one, but together, because the merging of interests and wills drives the mills better than individualism. Such a leap was not expected from the Angolan opposition, not least because the political situation in the country is undemocratic. We are an autocracy, where there is one dominant party that seized the state and was able to maneuver it, and as a result, it is difficult to oppose in the true sense of the word.

So, the opposition, having created this front, which in the future may become a coalition or something similar, is making a qualitative leap that embarrasses the reports of the MPLA. The MPLA is afraid because this bloc is becoming very strong. Those who are not members of this United Patriotic Front (UPF) are in favor of the MPLA. This position of the FPU embarrasses even political parties in opposition, because if alternation is the only will of the Angolans, it is important that everyone thinks the same.

Not all opposition parties want to alternate, but those who created the FPU have a great interest in this. And it is understandable that the MPLA, striving to preserve its political power, is afraid and is forced to send taunts in order to prevent this tendency.

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DW Africa: Now there is also a lot of struggle in the streets, a lot of discontent on the part of the people, and, therefore, will the MPLA be able to pay off in the elections for these unfulfilled promises?

ON THE: If the elections are really fair, it will pay off. But, as you know, elections in Angola are not fair, free and transparent. With the problem of fraud, which is practically exposed – in the law, in the public press – elections are just a facade.

UNITA President Adalberto Costa Junior

Adalberto Costa Junior, leader of UNITA and the United Patriotic Front (UPF)

But the MPLA wears out after 46 years, and João Lourenço wears out after four years in office: he broke his promises and the situation has deteriorated compared to the government of Jose Eduardo dos Santos from an economic, political and social point of view. There are no solutions, and therefore the discontent is growing. There are certain groups with great social influence – activists, civil society, the church – who demonstrate the plight of the country.

DW Africa: 2022 kicked off with a lively conversation between João Lourenço and Adalberto Costa Junior. Is this a promising year of political elections in Angola?

ON THE: Absolutely. The elections will be the most controversial and fierce [de sempre], and will be under the scrutiny of citizens. The political consciousness of the Angolans and the desire for alternation have significantly increased. Therefore, political parties have such an opportunity. They can take advantage of the general plundering of the MPLA, as well as the international system, because the internal and external political situation naturally affects what may happen in August this year.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

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Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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