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União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola

LC control no.n 50080107
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Corporate name headingUnião Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola
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Variant(s)National Union for the Total Independence of Angola
Associated countryAngola
Field of activityAngola--History--Revolution, 1961-1975 Angola--History--Civil War, 1975-2002 Angola--History--Autonomy and independence movements National liberation movements Guerrilla warfare Angola--Politics and government
Found inSavimbi, J. Comunicação ao povo angolano, 1975.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (online), Jan. 9, 2015 (UNITA; National Union for the Total Independe of Angola; União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola; Angolan political party, originally founded to free the national from Portuguese colonial rule; org. in 1966 by elements formerly assoc. with the FNLA (National Front for the Liberation of Angola) and the Popular Union of Angola; supported largely by Ovimbundu and Chokwe ethnic groups; originally had Maoist stance, later adopted anti-left stance, cooperating with Portuguese officials against Soviet-supported MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola); after independence in 1975 UNITA continued to battle the MPLA, as an anticommunist guerrilla movement with support from South Africa and the U.S.; by 1988 hostilities diminished, but in the wake of 1992 elections UNITA claimed fraud and continued armed struggle under leader Jonas Savimbi; after he was killed in 2002 by govt. troops, UNITA and the Angola govt. signed peace accord, ending 27 years of civil war; the 3 factions of UNITA reunified and it transformed itself into a political party, with Isaias Samakuva elected its president in June 2003)
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