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Angola’s Dos Santos Set to Retain Grip on Power After Retiring

  • President plans to step down in August, after 38-year rule
  • His successor will struggle to assert himself, analyst says
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Jose Eduardo dos Santos is set to maintain control from behind the scenes when he steps down as Angola’s president next month after almost four decades in office.

Dos Santos will until at least 2018 still be leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, the party that has ruled the southern African nation since its independence from Portugal in 1975. And, this month the government pushed a law through parliament that may enable his appointees to remain in charge of the security services.