Angola’s long serving president, José Eduardo dos Santos has announcing an end to term in office, saying Friday he will not run again in this year’s election.
The country’s Defense minister Joao Lourenco has been nominated to be the party’s candidate for president in the election set for August.
In March last year, dos Santos told the ruling party he would leave politics in 2018.
Dos Santos, a teenage guerrilla for the MPLA in the fight for independence from Portugal. He was soon sent to the Soviet Union for training as a petroleum engineer and military telecommunications specialist.
Prior to becoming president, dos Santos had served as Foreign Affairs Minister.
Lourenco, a former soldier and deputy president of the MPLA, is also a veteran of the independence struggle. He is known to be a competent technocrat without major scandals in his past.