"The recent political crisis and the resulting dismissal of Prime Minister Maria das Neves have again demonstrated that political instability caused by conflicts between the president and the government, factional struggles, and shifting party alliances have become a detrimental, if integral, part of political life in STP. Despite the politicians’ pious words about national unity and common cause expressed at the recent National Forum of Reconciliation it seems unlikely that this situation will change in the near future. On the contrary, a higher inflow of development aid, the forthcoming and eagerly awaited oil revenue, the increasing role of foreign governments and oil companies, and the approaching 2006 presidential and legislative elections and the referendum on the revision of the Constitution will inevitably contribute to the ongoing competition for power and funds within the small political arena."