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Trump’s Adviser Helped Finance Angolan Opposition Movement UNITA

US billionaire Paul Manafort, head of Donald Trump’’s presidential campaign, helped finance the UNITA opposition movement of Jonas Savimbi during the war in Angola, according the newspaper Jornal de Angola.

Citing an international news agency, the newspaper notes that the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) ’killed, destroyed infrastructure and left thousands of Angolans mutilated’ during the internal conflict.

The newspaper also indicates that Manafort, 67, stands out as the face of the campaign of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. It goes on to say that he is a strategist and lobbyist that has financed political groups and dictators around the world during the last decades.

For 40 years Manafort was adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and uses the companies he owned, such as Back, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, to influence funding.

The newspaper notes that some of his funds were destined for the former regime of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, the dictatorial former government in Somalia, the government in the Bahamas, has also been linked to drug trafficking, to the former dictator of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, and also the UNITA in Angola, which ended in 2002 with the Savimbi’s death.

Jornal de Angola quotes the source as saying that the case that will affect Trump’s campaign the most is Manafort’s links to the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, ousted from power during the popular uprising in Kiev in 2014.

The name of the businessman and spokesman for the Republican candidate is also mentioned in relation to the political scandal in France, in the mid-90s, known as ’Case Karachi’.

At that time strong suspicions surfaced in relation to two French military contracts with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. According to the indictment, such maneuvers were used to finance the presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur, in 1994.

Manafort admitted in 2013 that he paid a Lebanese broker to advise Balladur on the arms business.

UNITA is an opposition political party with seats in the National Assembly of Angola. For more than 35 years it was an armed movement in the Angolan independence wars (1957-1975) and civil war (1975-2003). Its founder and leader was Savimbi (1934-2002).


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