Angola Strips Future President of Power to Fire Security Heads

Angolan lawmakers have approved a bill that will deprive future presidents of the right to fire the heads of its military, police and intelligence services as Jose Dos Santos, in power since 1979, prepares to step down.

The measure, which extends the terms for the officials to a potential eight years from six, was passed by 131 lawmakers from the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, party, Speaker Fernanda dos Santos said in Luanda on Friday.

“It’s unacceptable to have this law curtails the power of future president,” said Miranda Jamba, a lawmaker for the the biggest opposition party, the National Union for The Total Independence of Angola, or Unita. She said the change is designed to allow dos Santos to continue to exercise influence after he leaves office.

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