President João Lourenço has finally authorised parliament to ratify an internal security cooperation deal between Angola and Brazil that had languished for the past year and a half. The decision could mark the beginning of his reconciliation with Jair Bolsonaro.
The UAE usually ignores foreign requests for judicial cooperation regarding its offshore hubs but has bent over backwards to accommodate Angola's investigations into the family of former president José Eduardo dos Santos. By doing so, the Emirates are not only forging stronger ties with Luanda but also earning money-laundering brownie points.
The Angolan president's quiet trip to Abu Dhabi last week is the latest sign of a fast-tracked rapprochement between the UAE and Angola. But this blossoming diplomatic and economic alliance depends on the UAE's willingness to hunt down the dos Santos family's assets.
Already engaged in innumerable court cases and arbitration battles, the smallest details of which are dutifully publicized by their respective PR teams, the family of ex-president dos Santos and the Angolan state are also fighting another less public, much less procedural battle.
President Joao Lourenço came into office hellbent on stamping out corruption from the Dos Santos era but some of his own entourage are now worried the crusade could turn against them. The goal from both sides is to drawn the US Department of Justice into the arena.