- Angolan president reveals intentions of stepping down in 2018
- Jose Eduardo dos Santos is Africa's second longest serving president
- Angola is known to be rich in diamonds
Angola's President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos has announced his intentions to step down come 2018.
Speaking at a meeting where all congress members of the ruling MPLA were present, he said that he had taken a decision to leave and end his political life in 2018 but his critics accuse long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of being authoritarian and his government of committing human rights abuses.
In 2001, Mr Dos Santos said he would not seek re-election in the next presidential elections, which were then abolished under the new constitution, but he did because there is no obvious successor in Angola. None of these people will find favour with an increasingly restless public, or with MPLA old timers, who Mr Dos Santos has run the MPLA in a manner that rules out any challenge to his leadership will resent a political newcomer being appointed simply because of connections with the veteran leader.
Since the end of the conflict in 2002, the country has witnessed an economic boom, though critics of the elected government say the wealth has only benefited small elite. General elections are due in Angola, Africa's second largest oil producer, in August 2017, hopefully he would not stand.
Mr. Dos Santos is Africa's second longest-serving leader, after Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. He has been in power since 1979.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the former Portuguese colony the biggest military spender in sub-Saharan Africa. Angola is also known to be rich in diamonds. This diamonds was what fuelled a 27-year civil war in the country. The former Portuguese colony the biggest military spender in sub-Saharan Africa,