Angola: João Lourenço, a second term for a second wind?

By Estelle Maussion
Posted on Wednesday, 3 August 2022 10:55

Angola's President Joao Lourenco
Angola's President Joao Lourenco speaks during the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Adrian Dennis/Pool Photo via AP)

After five years in power, Angola's President João Lourenço (JLo) has shown his true face. And even if he denies it, to Angolese, he looks a lot like his predecessor, José Eduardo dos Santos.

Angola’s President, elected in 2017 on the promise of being “the man of the economic miracle”, is coming out of a trying first term: Covid-19, social protests, the fight against corruption sowing discord in his camp and finally the death, at the beginning of July, of ex-president dos Santos, triggering tensions with the family of the deceased.

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