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ANGOLA: Jose Edouardo Dos Santos quits power after 42 years of office.

ANGOLA: Jose Edouardo Dos Santos quits power after 42 years of office.
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Africa’s second longest serving president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos decides to retire from power after ruling his country Angola for 42 years.

 Born on the 28 of August 1942 in Sambizanga-Luanda, the 75 years old politician relinquishes power to his party made and ex-defense minister Joao Lourenco. Their party the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) held its last meeting yesterday, and president Eduardo Dos Santos reassured his sympathizers of his nominee’s victory come the August 23 2017 election. Joao Lourenco faces six other candidate almost whom is the candidate for late Jonas Savimbi,s UNITA opposition party, Isaias Samakuva.

Dos Santos leaves an office he has been holding since 21 September 1979, not because of his desire to give democracy a chance but because his health did not permit him to handle the work load in the presidency of the third highest oil producing country in Africa. Gluing in power for so long is not strange in Africa as Dos Santos has a handful of colleagues who will rather die than leave power. We could count presidents like Theodoro Obing Nguema of Equatorial guinea, who is even the longest serving president in Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe just to name a few.


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