LUANDA Angola (Xinhua) --
Joao Lourenco was sworn in as Angola’s
new president on Tuesday, taking over from the longtime
leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
inauguration ceremony was held at Luanda’s Republic
Square, attended by 1,000 national and foreign guests,
including 30 heads of state and government.
63, and the People’s Movement for the Liberation of
Angola (MPLA) became the winners of the August 23
general elections, winning 61 percent of the votes.
dignitaries are the heads of state of South Africa,
Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Cote
d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Portugal and Zambia, Republic of the
Congo, Guinea, Gabon and Democratic Republic of the
President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Chen Yuan also
attended the inauguration ceremony.
Angolan constitution, the president is the head of
state, executive power and commander in chief of the
in at the ceremony was Vice President Bornito de Sousa.
attending the ceremony, Speaker of the National
Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, praised
the legacy of the former president Dos Santos, who ruled
the country for 38 years before deciding to step down
and not run for this year’s election.
said September 26 was a historic day marking a peaceful
transition and that the new president will receive the
full support of the Angolans.
the third president of Angola, which achieved
independence in 1975 from Portugal.
Dos Santos, who took the lead in 1979 after the death of
the first president Antonio Agostinho Neto.