Friday 24 November 2017
(The Associated Press 11/23/17)
Angola’s new leader is making surprising moves to shake himself free of the legacy of one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents. Joao Lourenco’s visit to South Africa on Thursday and Friday is giving the world a closer look at the man who stepped in after Jose Eduardo dos Santos ruled the oil-rich but largely impoverished nation for nearly 38 years. Since winning election in August, Lourenco has taken steps to show that he is running a new government, even firing the daughter of dos Santos as chair of the powerful state-owned oil company. When the ailing dos Santos stepped down, Lourenco, the former defense minister, was generally expected to conduct business as usual. But Lourenco, 63,...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Angolan President Joao Lourenco said he and South African President Jacob Zuma would fly to Zimbabwe on Wednesday following talks between regional leaders on the crisis engulfing the country. "(South African) President Jacob Zuma and I have agreed to visit Harare tomorrow," Angolan President Joao Lourenco told journalists Tuesday after a meeting of the southern African regional bloc in Luanda. The two leaders will represent the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc of which their countries are the leading members.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/17)
LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola’s President João Lourenço replaced the chief of police and the head of the intelligence service on Monday, state news agency Angop said, as the country’s new leader continues to cement his authority after the 38-year rule of his predecessor. Lourenço sacked Ambrósio de Lemos as Commander General of the National Police, replacing him with Alfredo Mingas. António José Maria was replaced as Chief of the Intelligence Service and Military Security by Apolinário José Pereira. Both Lemos and Maria were regarded as allies of former President José Eduardo dos Santos. Since taking office on Sept. 26, Lourenço has quickly sought to wrest control of key areas of the state by removing allies...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(RFI(EN) 11/17/17)
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...
(Le Point 11/16/17)
La fille de l'ex-président Eduardo dos Santos ne dirige plus la compagnie nationale pétrolière. Une décision qui intervient dans un contexte de rupture avec les anciennes pratiques du clan présidentiel. « Le mandat de PDG de Sonangol n'est pas dépendant du processus électoral […], je veux continuer. » Lorsqu'elle a prononcé ces mots il y a quelques mois, Isabel dos Santos semblait certaine de son avenir à la tête de la compagnie nationale pétrolière. C'était compter sans la volonté de...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Angolan President Joao Lourenco said Monday in Luanda that he envisages an end to national monopolies and other wrong doing of the Angolan economy. The president was addressing a State of the Nation speech at the opening of the first Session of the Parliament's IV Legislative Year after the general election of August 23. Lourenco said his Government will establish a legal environment that facilitates business, free initiative and competition that secures the consumers' rights. He highlighted that a competition...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(Xinhuanet 09/28/17)
The 220 new Angolan legislators elected following the general elections on August 23 took the oath of office Thursday in Luanda. The constitutive session of the National Assembly was presided over by Speaker Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, who was also re-elected as Speaker on Thursday. The IV Legislature of the National Assembly (2017/2022) counts on 150 parliamentarians of the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), 51 of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and 16 of the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE). The Social Renewal Party (PRS) has two seats and the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) one.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/28/17)
Angola’s first new president in almost four decades vowed to rebuild an economy devastated by falling oil prices and fight corruption at his inauguration on Tuesday. João Lourenço told thousands of supporters in Luanda he would also tackle gaping inequality in Africa’s second largest oil producer – though analysts have already raised doubts about his ability to make far-reaching change. “No one is so rich and powerful that they cannot be punished and no one is so poor that they cannot be protected,” he said to loud applause. No one is so rich and powerful that they cannot be punished and no one is so poor that they cannot be protected.
(Angola Press(En) 09/28/17)
The first vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Wednesday in Luanda stressed the need to see reinforced cooperation relations between Angola and Cuba and their peoples. The Cuban leader's desire was expressed to the press at the end of the meeting with the MPLA secretary general, Paulo Cassoma, who congratulated him on his party's victory in the general elections held last August 23. He stressed that the victory of the...
(AFP (eng) 09/27/17)
The leader of Angola's main opposition party UNITA said Wednesday he would quit following defeat in last month's election, which he alleges was rigged in the ruling party's favour. Isaias Samakuva, 71, took over UNITA after longtime rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in 2002, a death that marked the beginning of the end of Angola's bloody 27-year civil war. "I told Angolans before and during the election campaign that after the vote I would give up the role as...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Joao Lourenco was sworn in as president of Angola in a ceremony marking the first leadership change in almost four decades in sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer. The 63-year-old former defense minister takes over from Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down after 38 years in office but will continue to lead the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola until next year. The MPLA won 61 percent of votes in elections last month, securing 150 seats in the 220-member parliament. “Joao Manuel Goncalves has been named president of the republic following general elections that expressed the will of the people,” Rui Ferreira, chairman of Angola’s Constitutional Court
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda. Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed "on my honour to devote myself" to the role of president, as he took power after the ruling MPLA party won last month's election. Dos Santos, who was at the ceremony but is reportedly in poor health, surprised many by announcing his retirement...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/17)
Joao Lourenco was sworn in as Angola's new president on Tuesday, taking over from the longtime leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. The inauguration ceremony was held at Luanda's Republic Square, attended by 1,000 national and foreign guests, including 30 heads of state and government. Lourenco, 63, and the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) became the winners of the August 23 general elections, winning 61 percent of the votes. Among the dignitaries are the heads of state of...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Angola's incoming president Joao Lourenco faces a slew of challenges that include dwindling oil prices, rampant poverty, soaring unemployment and the long shadow cast by his predecessor and his family. These are the key tasks that will confront him on his first day in the job on Tuesday: - Fix the economy - Angola has been in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis for three years as the global price of oil has remained flat. Black gold provides 70...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Critics of outgoing Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos accuse him of stripping his country of much of its vast oil wealth to enrich himself and his family. Dos Santos, who will step down on Tuesday after 38 years of iron-fisted rule, has appointed several family members to key economic jobs during his presidency. Banking, telecoms, media and most significantly oil are among the industries that have felt the far-reaching influence of the Dos Santos brood. "The president has privatised...

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