João Lourenço is new Defence Minister


President José Eduardo dos Santos has appointed João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço as the new Minister of National Defence. He replaces Cândido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem.

João Lourenço was First Vice-President of the National Assembly prior to this appointment. He has a degree in History.

The President also appointed Cândido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem, the former Defence Minister, to be the Minister of Ex-Combatants and Veterans of the Motherland. He replaces Kundi Pahiama who has become the Governor of the central Huambo province according to Agencia Angola Press (ANGOP).

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