When João Lourenço’s took over as president, it marked a turning point in Angolan history. In September 2017, after 38 years of rule by José Eduardo dos Santos, he took the reins as president of Africa’s second biggest oil producer. And with that, inherited a Herculean project of turning around the country.
With a year to go until Angola holds general elections, the country’s head of state is in a tight spot. At the helm of a crisis-plagued country and a divided ruling party, will President João Lourenço be able to keep the situation from spinning out of control?
On the campaign trail, Angola's João Lourenço had promised a stark break with the Dos Santos era. But since taking over the presidency, his anti-corruption crusade has proven extremely difficult to execute and has given rise to tensions. Not to mention, the whole thing could backfire.
João Lourenço’s ascension to the presidency put an end to the influence of Isabel dos Santos, Manuel Vicente and General Kopelipa, yet other figures had managed to stay put after a regime change. Read on for a quick overview of the post-Dos Santos political landscape.
Elected president in 2017 on the promise of delivering an economic miracle, João Lourenço has faced challenges with regard to debt, privatisation, Covid-19. Not to mention intense criticism, even from within his own political party.