More than 20,000 peacefully demonstrate in Angola

The Associated Press
Saturday, March 5, 2011; 10:54 AM

LUANDA, Angola -- Angola's ruling party is rallying more than 20,000 pro-government protesters to march in the country's capital in response to anonymous calls for anti-government demonstrations.

The party of President Eduardo Dos Santos, who has been in power since 1979, held a peaceful, all-day demonstration Saturday. Calls for anti-government protests for Monday have been circulating the internet, but no opposition leaders have endorsed the plan.

Angola is rich in diamonds and one of Africa's top oil producers, but its people are impoverished and its infrastructure in ruins. The respected watchdog group Transparency International's latest rankings place Angola 168th out of 178 countries in its corruption index.

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