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ANGOLA: Isabel Dos Santos in a turbulent zone.

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She is presented as the richest woman in Africa, Isabel Dos Santos, the daughter of the former Angolan president, José Eduardo Dos Santos, is accused of having carried out several lucrative transactions concerning in particular land titles, diamonds, oil and telecommunications during the 38 years of his father’s presidency.

More than 700,000 documents on the billionaire’s affairs have been leaked. Most were obtained by the Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

These documents have been investigated by 37 media organizations, including the Guardian and the Expresso newspaper in Portugal. They show how Isabel and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, were allowed to buy precious state property in a series of suspicious transactions.

Currently, the one who benefited from the reign of her father in power for more than 37 years, is in England where she also owns goods of astronomical value in central London. The couple have an estimated fortune of $ 2 billion distributed in more than 400 companies and subsidiaries in 41 countries, a property in Monaco estimated at $ 55 million, a yacht at $ 35 million and a residence in Dubai.

Corruption Watch chief Andrew Feinstein says the documents coldly show the indescribable exploitation of Angola by Isabel Dos Santos. Yet 30% of the Angolan people live in extreme poverty on less than $ 2 a day.

Isabel Dos Santos rejects all of these accusations which she considers as a will of the current government of João Lorenço, the new head of state to prosecute her at all costs. She speaks of “political persecution” and “false allegations”. In one way or another, the Angolan people demand accounts and restitution of their unjustly acquired property.

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ANGOLA – Isabel dos Santos in counterattack mode

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The daughter of the former Angolan head of state, Isabel dos Santos in particular, has filed, at the High Court of Justice in London, “documents attesting to a large-scale plot orchestrated by relatives of Angolan President João Lourenço “. By Afrik.com

New evidence, which allegedly concerns audio and video recordings questioning the “Luanda Leaks” revelations released in January 2020, has been brandished by the daughter of former Angolan head of state Isabel dos Santos. She has just filed “documents attesting to a large-scale plot orchestrated by relatives of Angolan President João Lourenço”.

These documents were filed in the High Court of Justice in London, by the private Israeli intelligence agency Black Cube, which said in a press release on behalf of the daughter of former Angolan President José Eduardo Dos Santos, that this case is based on a “targeted attack by the Angolan intelligence services, operating under the express direction of the government of Lourenço”.

Better, underlines the press release, the aim is to take control, illegally, on the assets of Isabel dos Santos, adding that this new evidence presented to the High Court of Justice in London is part of the ongoing proceedings, brought against Unitel International Holdings (owned by Isabel dos Santos) by the Angolan telecommunications company Unitel, which requires repayment of loans granted to UIH in 2012 and 2013.

The daughter of former Angolan President Isabel dos Santos is the subject of an investigation opened on January 19, 2020, as the International Investigative Journalism Consortium (ICIJ) revealed “fraudulent financial schemes”. Case which had led to the freezing of the bank accounts of Isabel dos Santos who operates in the sectors of energy, transport, among others.

Michelle Duncan, lawyer for Isabel dos Santos, said, “The evidence presented to the court is as overwhelming as it is disturbing. They highlight the fact that the proceedings brought against UIH by Unitel in the High Court are only one element of a malignant and far-reaching campaign undertaken by the Angolan government to illegally seize the assets of Ms. dos Santos “.

Source : Afrik.com

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ANGOLA: The ruling party won.

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The ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), won the general elections held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

The National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced on Thursday (August 24th) that the party had won the general elections with more than 64 per cent of the vote.

The MPLA Unita (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) and Casa-CE, the two major challenger respectively gained 24.04% and 8.56% of the votes cast.

The MPLA in power since independence snatched by Angola in Portugal in 1975, namely for four decades, will allow its candidate Joao Lourenço to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the head of the country. It should be noted that the latter decided to leave power after an undivided reign of thirty-eight years.

Thanks to this highly contested ballot, the MPLA thus retains, without surprise, an absolute majority of the 220 seats in the Angolan Parliament.

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ANGOLA: Luanda says no to Observers of the European Union.

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The European Union announced on Friday (July 28th) that its observers will not go to the next Angolan elections. In question, the impossibility of reaching an agreement with the local authorities on their mission.

Without an agreement with Luanda, the European Union has announced that it will not send observers for the August presidential election in Angola. Instead of the initial team, the observer mission should consist of up to five members.

Indeed, as the EU said in a communiqué issued on Friday, July 28, the two sides failed to reach a satisfactory agreement. Among other things, the EU requested access to the entire national territory for a complete observation of the process. Local authorities have refused to meet European demands. Consequently, the EU has chosen to send a small team to the bare minimum. However, the latter can not provide detailed information on the conduct of the elections.

The Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chicoty, has indicated that Angola will not allow itself to be dictated a course to be held. “No international organization has imposed the conditions for election observation. Only the EU, when invited to send observers, suggested signing a memorandum of understanding, “he said.

The presidential elections will take place on 23 August. President José Eduardo dos Santos will leave his place to his successor, after 38 years at the head of the country. However, he will remain president of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

Source: Africapostnews.com / By Andréia Megneng

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