Jose Dos Santos Announces The End of His Reign

By Ikenga Chronicles December 3, 2016

Jose Dos Santos Announces The End of His Reign

Angolan’s President  Eduardo dos Santos has on Friday announce to step down before 2017 General Election.

Santos, aged 74, who is seen as an autocratic ruler has governed Angola for 37-year making him Africa’s second-longest serving leader — one month short of Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

‘’Angola’s President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, will stand down before next year’s general election,’’ Sources quoted Him.

Recall that Santos plunged the Angola’s into civil war, abject poverty while is family became hugely wealthy.

A senior member of is party, Joao Pinto revealed that Defence Minister Joao Lourenco would take over as MPLA leader.

“The president will not be a candidate and he already has a successor,” Pinto said

“It will be Joao Lourenco, who will be presented to members of the party on December 10 when we celebrate the party’s anniversary.”

In March, Dos Santos made a surprise announcement that he would step down in 2018, but has since given no further details about any resignation plan.

After constitutional changes in 2010, Angola does not directly elect a president, rather the leader of the winning party automatically becomes head of state.

In August, Dos Santos was re-elected head of the MPLA, extending his mandate by up to five years if the party wins the election, as expected.

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