Angolan leader 'to transfer presidency to his cousin'
03 March 2014, 18:56
Cape Town – Angolan leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 71, is reportedly working to pass the presidency to his cousin Manuel Domingos Vicente who is also the country’s deputy president.
According to Africa Report, former Angolan finance minister Fernado Heito told Radio e Televisão Portuguesa that the president wanted a peaceful transfer of power where stability was assured.
Heito was dropped from government in a 2002 cabinet reshuffle and has since then joined the opposition Unita party, the report said.
President dos Santos is the second longest-serving leader in Africa. He has ruled Angola since 1979 and has since then secured successive terms in elections in 1992, 2008 and 2012.
The next general election is expected to take place in 2017.