Luanda (AFP) Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, in power since 1979, will not contest Wednesday’s general election, meaning he will soon lose his place as Africa’s second longest-serving leader. The continent is home to many men who have held office for two decades or more, and Dos Santos has up to now trailed Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea by just a month. Here is a rundown: – More than 30 years – – In tiny, oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, Obiang is Africa’s longest-serving leader, at 38 years. Obiang cameRead More
Luanda (AFP) President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola since 1979, will not contest the August 23 election, marking a historic change in the oil-rich country. The constitution does not provide for a presidential election, but says that the post of head of state goes to the chief of the party which wins general elections. These are the key dates of Dos Santos’s long, iron-fisted rule: – Civil war – On September 20, 1979, Dos Santos takes office as Angola’s president after the death of the country’s firstRead More
Luanda (AFP) The likely next president of Angola, Joao Lourenco, is a ruling-party loyalist andformer general who endured several years out of favour after he angled for the top job in the 1990s. Since then, Lourenco, 63, has convinced key regime players he is the right man to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled the oil-rich southwest African nation for 38 years. Currently defence minister and deputy president of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Lourenco is firmly “part of the inner circle ofRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angolan presidential candidate Joao Lourenco, who appears set to win next month’s election, launched his campaign on Tuesday with a speech vowing to tackle corruption and spread wealth. Defence minister Lourenco, 63, is the chosen successor of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, whose decision to not contest the August 23 vote will bring to an end his 38 years in power. “Corruption is a great evil that will not go unpunished,” Lourenco told thousands of ruling MPLA party supporters in Huambo, Angola’s second city. Promoting his campaign sloganRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angola’s parliament passed a law on Friday that will drastically limit the powers of the country’s future presidents in matters of security and defence. The law will only apply to successors of the current head of state, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has enjoyed unfettered control of Angola’s sprawling military and security institutions since taking power in 1979. Supported by a large majority of lawmakers, the new bill sets out limited circumstances in which the powerful officials can be removed — including instances of criminal behaviour andRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angola has rejected conditions demanded by an EU election observer mission that had been preparing to witness next month’s polls in the country, state media reported Monday. The European team had called for unfettered access to polling stations across the vast southern African nation during the August 23 vote. “So this is Africa. And we do not expect anyone to impose on us their means of observing elections or to give lectures,” said Foreign Minister Georges Chicoti according to the Journal de Angola newspaper. “The invitation stands. ButRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos returned to Spain on Monday for a “private visit”, officials said, five weeks after a monthlong trip to the country when he underwent medical tests. Dos Santos, 74, has been dogged by reports of poor health, with his daughter Isabel having to deny rumours that he had died on his last trip to Spain. “President dos Santos left Luanda on Monday for a private visit to the Kingdom of Spain for personal business,” the presidency said in a statement, adding that heRead More