Dos Santos daughter's dismissal could be turning point for Angola
The firing of the billionaire daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has sent shockwaves through the country's political elite. Isabel dos Santos was sacked Wednesday from her influential post as head of state oil company Sonangol in a shake-up that has seen other members of her family axed.
"This is a seminal moment for Angola," Piers Pigou, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, told RFI Thursday. "For the Dos Santos family to be challenged in this way is significant."
New President Joao Lourenço swore he would tackle corruption and nepotism when he was elected three months ago.
But he also agreed to reappoint his predecessor's daughter and other key allies, so the purge has taken many by surprise.