Angola loses former president at the age of 79
Angola has lost his former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the ripe age of 79. This was announced by the Angolan presidency through their Facebook page.
The former president died at 11:10 am Spanish time at the Barcelona Teknon clinic following a prolonged illness according to the presidency.
Portuguese news agency Lusa reported last month that the former president was admitted to an intensive care unit at a clinic in Barcelona.
After ruling Angola for almost 4 decades, the former president stepped down five years ago. His rule was known by a brutal civil war lasting nearly three decades against U.S.-backed UNITA rebels – which he won in 2002 – and a subsequent oil-fuelled boom.
He was replaced in 2017 by President Joao Lourenco.
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