LUANDA, April 28 — Angola’s ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) approved on Friday the candidacy of President Joao Lourenco for the party’s presidency, in place of his predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
In an ordinary session chaired by Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the MPLA Political Bureau decided that the 6th extraordinary congress of the MPLA will take place in September, when Joao Lourenco will be placed as head of the party.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos has led MPLA since 1979, following the death of Antonio Agostinho Neto, then President of the party that has ruled Angola since November 11, 1975.
Joao Lourenco was elected the President of Angola in the 2017 general elections.
The Political Bureau is MPLA’s permanent and most powerful governing body.