Angola. President José Eduardo dos Santos deposed Prime
Minister Marcelino Moço's government on June 3. The
President appointed new Prime Minister of Parliament
Fernando José França Van Dúnem, who presented his new
government on June 7.
The head of the central bank was deposed at the same time
and the president closed the currency market; all major
banking operations must continue to be approved by him
Countryaah.com, the peace talks between the government and the UNITA
guerrillas continued, as did the demobilization of the
country. In June, soldiers from both sides were demobilized,
and heavier weapons were handed in to a greater extent than
UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi in August refused to join a
coalition government on the post of Vice President.
During the year, the UN Security Council decided to
extend the mandate of the UN force in the country, which
amounts to 7,000 soldiers. The Security Council also
threatened to impose sanctions on the UNITA guerrilla if it
continued to violate the ceasefire agreement. At the end of
the year, however, the UN began withdrawing its peacekeeping
troops. The forces had then been stationed in the country
for two years, but now the UN felt that most of the Security
Council's goals had been achieved - ia. large parts of the
UNITA guerrillas had been disarmed.