Angola’s former President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has died at age 79 from the Tecknon clinic in Barcelona, Spain following a prolonged illness.
The Angolan President Joao Lourenco through a Facebook post confirmed the former president’s death.
“It is with great pain and consternation that we have lost our former President today,” the post read.
It is said that the former President was admitted to an intensive care unit since last month after suffering from a cardiac arrest.
President Joao Lourenco, has declared five days of national mourning and described dos Santos as “unique figure of the Angolan homeland, to which he dedicated himself from a very early age.”
Dos Santos steeped down and was replaced by President Joao Lourenco in 2017 who was from the incumbents’ Political Party, The People Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Dos Santos stepped down from the Presidency after 38 years of being in power and was the longest serving president of Angola.