Angola leader takes oath of office to extend reign

Angolan ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola party (MPLA) supporters
Angolan ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola party supporters attend an August 29, 2012 campaign rally. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was sworn in September 26, 2012 to extend his 33-year reign..  FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in power since 1979, took the oath of office Wednesday, vowing to defend peace and democracy and maintain the legacy of his party MPLA “to grow more and distribute more”.

“I, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in front of the Constitutional Court President, swear to fulfil and make the constitution and other laws of the country,” he said, as the crowd applauded at the Republic Square in the neighbourhood of Kinanga in Luanda.

“I will defend the independence and the integrity of the country,” Mr dos Santos said during his swearing-in ceremony as president and chief commander of the country’s army. 

Mr dos Santos, 70, was elected on August 31 as the country´s president and of the Popular Movement for the liberation of Angola, which holds an overwhelming majority in parliament with 173 seats.

“With the decision of the Constitutional Court, I am very happy to take the responsibility of being President of Angola” he said, after taking the oath with his hand on the constitution in a first ceremony since independence in 1975.

“This is a very important moment for me and for the Angolan people,” President dos Santos said.

Mr Manuel Domingos Vicente was also sworn-in as the Vice-President by the Constitutional Court President Rui Ferreira

Mr Vicente, the former state oil company Sonangol Administration Council President, was on January appointed the State minister for Economic Coordination.

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