Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos has died aged 79.
The former President died on Friday morning at the Barcelona Teknon clinic after a prolonged illness. Former President Dos Santos had been receiving medical treatment since 2019.
Angola’s head of State, João Lourenço, announced five days of national mourning starting on Friday, when the country’s flag will fly at half-staff and public events will be cancelled.
“The Government of the Republic of Angola bows, with the greatest respect and consideration, to the figure of a statesman of great historical dimension, who governed for many years with clairvoyance and humanism the destinies of the Angolan Nation, in very difficult moments.
The Government of the Republic of Angola presents its deepest feelings of sorrow to the bereaved family and appeals to everyone’s serenity in this moment of pain and consternation”.