It is truly the end of the dos Santos era in Angola. Hospitalized in intensive care in Barcelona since June 23, former head of state José Eduardo dos Santos, head of the country between 1979 and 2017, died on Friday July 8, less than two months before celebrating his 80 year. The announcement came from the Angolan presidency. His successor, João Lourenço, decreed a grief five-day national campaign starting this Saturday, July 9 to pay tribute to “an exceptional figure of the Angolan homeland”.
Angola : José Eduardo dos Santos, American exile
Neither the date nor the place of the funeral have yet been communicated, points which could be the subject of discussions between the Angolan presidency, in favor of a ceremony in Angola, and the family of the former leader, whose we do not know the intentions. The disappearance of the one who was nicknamed “Zedu” comes in a particular political context, two months before general elections (scheduled for August 24) during which João Lourenço will play his reappointment during a second term and stay in power. of his party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which has led the country since independence in 1975.
Without its rudder, the clan dos Santos, already very weak since João Lourenço came to power in 2017, is only a shadow of himself. Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of the ex-president, crowned the first African billionaire in 2013, saw her empire attacked, under the blow of seizures of assets and multiple legal proceedings. Disputing the embezzlement charges against her, the businesswoman, who lives between Dubai and London and lost her husband, Sindika Dokolo, victim of a diving accident at the end of 2020, is banned from entering the United States since the end of 2021 “due to his involvement in corruption through the appropriation for his personal benefit of public funds”.
The former boss of the Angolan sovereign wealth fund could not go to his father’s bedside in Spain, the justice detaining son passport