Angolan first president promoted to army general

Angolan first President Agostinho Neto. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Angola's National Security Council has promoted first President António Agostinho Neto to army general posthumously, state-media confirmed.

The state-run Jornal de Angola said the decision was made under the President and the Army Commander in Chief João Lourenço.

The Jornal de Angola quoted a Presidency statement saying that other seven individuals were also promoted on the same occasion.

Were promoted

Among the nominees were Mr Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias Júnior “Kopelipa” and Mr Fernando Garcia Miala, who were promoted from lieutenant generals to generals.

Gen Kopelipa was the head of the Military House at the Presidency and a top ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party militant. Gen Miala was the head of intelligence.

Dr Neto was born on September 17, 1922 and died on September 10, 1979.

Liberation struggle

He was a poet, physician and the first President of the People’s Republic of Angola.

Dr Neto was elected MPLA president in 1962.

He led Angola's liberation struggle against the Portuguese, culminating in the 1975 indepedence with him as the president.

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