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Angola: Isabel dos Santos mobilises her last line of loyal supporters

By Estelle Maussion

Posted on June 3, 2020 15:32

Isabel dos Santos has chosen London as her headquarters, as she continues to defend herself against allegations by the state of Angola.

Despite rumours pinpointing her whereabouts in Moscow and her recent trips to Lisbon, Isabel dos Santos seems to have chosen London, where she has been based since leaving Luanda in the summer of 2018, as her headquarters. Her father, on the other hand, has been living in Barcelona since April 2018, where he observes the strictest silence while remaining unwavering in his support of his eldest daughter.

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The businesswoman, who celebrated her 47th birthday in April, is also backed by her husband, the Congolese art collector Sindika Dokolo, who took up her cause at the beginning of the year to counter the revelations made public by the Luanda Leaks investigation spearheaded by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Defence on social networks

Since João Lourenço came to power in September 2017, succeeding Dos Santos’s father as president of Angola, and the beginning of her legal troubles, Dos Santos has used social media as her first line of defence. She works to boost her image by frequently posting messages highlighting her successful businesses, her reading of the economic situation in Angola and her thoughts on the post-coronavirus world, while making use of counterattacks in response to accusations on Twitter and family photos on Instagram to a lesser degree.