ANGOLA: Neto's Death

Start of a power struggle

We are your children of the native quarters which electricity never reaches men dying drunk abandoned to the rhythm of death 's tom-toms.

So wrote Agostinho Neto, the poet, doctor and revolutionary who became Angola's first President in 1975. The tom toms pounded for Neto last week when he died in a Moscow hospital at the age of 56, following surgery for cancer of the pancreas and cirrhosis of the liver.

The son of a Methodist minister, Neto had spent years in prison and exile. When...

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