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Angola's president moves to consolidate his hold on power



Angola's president Joao Lourenco has sacked his army chief and head of the foreign secret service

Jose Eduardo dos Santos stepped down as president of Angola last September after 37 years in office.




Being a loyalist, Mr Lourenco, nicknamed "JLo", was hand-picked by Mr Dos Santos to succeed him as president. Not unexpectedly, on coming to power, analysts had expected him to maintain the status quo. Life was expected to continue as usual.

Surprisingly, Angolan President Joao Lourenco is showing that he is his own man. It also appears that the man is not about to apologise for being his own man.






The dismissal of his army chief and head of the foreign secret service is the president’s latest purge against officials with links to his predecessor or those tainted by corruption allegations.

His most high-profile move as yet was to dismiss Isabel Dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of his predecessor, as head of the country’s state oil company.


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