Former Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos Dies at 79

Former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos died at 79 in Barcelona on Friday.

Dos Santos died at the Teknon clinic in Barcelona, Spain, where he was being treated following a prolonged illness.

João Lourenço, the Head of State, paid tribute to Dos Santos and left a book of condolence on Monday at the Republic Square in Luanda.

“In this moment of pain and dismay, Angolans mourn President José Eduardo dos Santos, who, in the most critical moments of the country, gave himself entirely to the defense of Independence and National Sovereignty. We shame and honor his memory, defending and perpetuating his greatest work, National Peace and Reconciliation. To the bereaved family, we extend our deepest sympathy of sorrow,” Lourenço wrote.

Adam de Almeida, the Minister of State and Head of the Civil House of the President of the Republic, lamented the death of the former President of the Republic and stressed the importance of carrying his legacy.

“The certainty of the greatness of his work and the perennial of his legacy is, for us, enough encouragement to continue building the prosperous nation that President José Eduardo dos Santos dreamed of, and which we all dream of. I believe that at this time when we deeply mourn his departure, the best we can do is to reaffirm our commitment to building a prosperous land for all his children, in the certainty that his legacy is perennial and will continue between us forever all the time,” de Almeida said.

Dos Santos served as the President of Angola for nearly four decades from 1979 to 2017 and was also the leader of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the party that has ruled the country since its independence in 1975.


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