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The particular ‘misunderstanding’ referred to was probably the incident of the Portuguese foreign minister who first apologised for investigations into the activities of several unnamed members of the Angolan business and political elite, and then withdrew the apology. The investigation had been launched by Portugal’s chief prosecutor and was said to involve some very senior Angolans. Pressure was obviously put on foreign minister Rui Machete first by the business communities of both countries, and then by the Portuguese opposition who said he had violated the independence of Portugal’s judiciary. This <I>volte face<W0> by Mr Machete had annoyed President dos Santos. As had Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranked Angola 157 out of the 176 countries surveyed.


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In the space of 10 pages the Angola Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republica de Angola (Republic of Angola)
Head of State: President José Eduardo dos Santos (since 1979, indirect election 26 Sep 2012)
Head of government: President José Eduardo dos Santos (indirect election 26 Sep 2012)
Ruling party: Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) (from 1975; re-elected 31 Aug 2012)
Area: 1,246,700 square km
Population: 24.38 million (2014)*
Capital: Luanda
Official language: Portuguese
Currency: Kwanza (Kz) = 100 Lwei
Exchange rate: Kz126.00 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$5,273 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 4.22% (2014)*
GDP: US$128.56 billion (2014)*
Inflation: 7.30% (2014)
Oil production: 1.71 million bpd (2014)
Balance of trade: US$41.90 billion (2013)
* estimated figure


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