The President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, called Ana Paula dos Santos, former first lady of the country, today, to offer condolences to the family of the former President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos.
The information, without referring to the children, was shared on the official page of the Angolan Presidency on Facebook.
Relations between João Lourenço and some of the sons of José Eduardo dos Santos broke down following the legal proceedings against Isabel dos Santos and José Filomeno “Zenu” dos Santos, as well as the removal of Tchizé dos Santos, who lost his term of office. MPLA deputy in 2019.
Tchizé dos Santos has publicly spoken about the disagreements, with Ana Paula dos Santos being one of his main targets, along with João Lourenço.
Tchizé says that the former first lady, who was de facto separated from her father, had not seen José Eduardo dos Santos for several years and went to Barcelona at the behest of the Angolan government, which intends to take political dividends from the death of the former head of state.
The Angolan government has decreed seven days of national mourning and has already declared that it intends to hold a state funeral in Luanda, a decision that Tchizé dos Santos opposes, stating that this was not his father’s will, and that José Eduardo dos Santos did not want to be buried in Angola while Joao Lourenço is in power.
Eduardo dos Santos succeeded Agostinho Neto as President of Angola in 1979 and left office in 2017, serving one of the longest presidencies in the world, marked by accusations of corruption and nepotism.
In 2017, he resigned from re-candidate and the current President, João Lourenço, succeeded him in office, having also been elected by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which has governed the country since independence, in relation to Portugal, in 1975.