ANGOLA: DOS SANTOS STEPS DOWN AS RULING PARTY CHIEF, AFTER FOUR DECADES

LUANDA, Sept 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Ex-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos on Saturday bows out from Angolan politics which he dominated for nearly four decades when he hands leadership of the ruling party to President Joao Lourenco.

The passing of the baton between the two men will be the climax of a handover marked by barely disguised friction and new policies challenging dos Santos’s legacy.

As his rule came to an end, dos Santos said he wanted to be remembered for his dignified exit from the office he held since 1979.

The 76-year-old liberation war veteran did not seek re-election in the August 2017 polls and handed the reins of power to his defence minister Lourenco, 64.

But he remained at the helm of the oil-rich country’s People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party, where much of the real power is seen to be vested.

On Saturday, Comrade Number One relinquished control of the MPLA toLourenco at an extraordinary party meeting.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK