Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for thirty-seven years, will not be running for a new term in the 2017 general elections, official radio reported on Friday.
Mr Dos Santos, 74, will give way to the head of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) to the current Minister of Defense João Lourenço, a member of the AFP told AFP. Central Committee of the Party, João Pinto.
The Angolan Constitution does not provide for a presidential election, but specifies that the post of head of state reverts to the leader of the party that wins the legislative elections.
Dos Santos officially launched his party’s campaign for the 2017 elections in a speech to his central committee on Friday, but did not specify whether he would be a candidate for a new term.
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