Angola's President denies lovechild claim

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, he has denied being a father of a 46-year-old Congolese woman. Photo/AFP 

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has denied that he was the father of a 46-year-old Congolese woman in a rare statement on his private life.

President Dos Santos said Ngutuila Josefa Matias should be patient and continue looking for her biological father, state media reported on Tuesday, after she claimed to be his daughter in the Sunday edition of the independent Folha 8 publication.

Ms Matias claimed she had always referred to him by the nickname of "Edu" but President Dos Santos denied the nickname and said he was known either as "Jose" and as "Ze" by relatives.

Three decades

"Edu is someone else she must continue to look for," he said.

President Dos Santos said he did not have a girlfriend after arriving in Congo in 1961, aged 19, where he lived for three years before going to complete his studies in the Soviet Union.

"I had no mistress. Not Congolese nor Angolan nor any other nationality. At that time, I wasn't thinking about having a girlfriend, or having children, or getting married. I had other concerns."

President Dos Santos, who makes few public appearances, has been in power for more than three decades.

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