In 1997, unemployment remained at 25%. In the middle of the
year, the Prime Minister announced the signing of an
agreement with Italy on increased tourism investment. The
African Development Bank provided a $ 4.9 million loan for a
road reconstruction project. The country also received
assistance from China and entered into an agreement with the
Government of Angola on joint investments in areas such as
health and social care.
Disclosures about police brutality against detainees
continued through 1998 and 99. Detainees in prison
significantly exceeded the capacity of the prisons and their
condition is already miserable.
the opposition criticized the government media for failing
to fulfill their control functions towards the government.
Self-censorship is frequent in the government-controlled
media. The authorities apply the laws at their discretion,
and judge and punish editors and journalists who criticize
members of the government.
Opposition politicians criticized the country's official
media for failing to carry out their control functions
against power. Self-censorship is widespread in the media
controlled by the government. Authorities are bending the
laws at will and accusing them, or imposing fines and jail
sentences on editors and journalists who dare to criticize