Wednesday, September 27, 2017

38 Years After It First Elected One, Angola Gets New President



Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor, Joao Lourenco, 63, was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda.
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Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed “on my honour to devote myself” to the role of president, as he took power after the ruling MPLA party won last month’s election.
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Dos Santos, who was at the ceremony but is reportedly in poor health, surprised many by announcing his retirement earlier this year, saying he would not be a candidate in the election.
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The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola has governed since Angola’s hard-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, with Dos Santos taking power in 1979.

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