Joao Lourenco sworn in as Angola’s first new president in 38 years

Joao_LourencoJoao Lourenco has been sworn in as president of Angola, becoming the first new leader in the oil-rich southern African nation in almost four decades. The ruling MPLA won 61% of the vote in last month’s election. He served as governor in several provinces of Angola, and between 1992 and 1997 he was responsible for propaganda in the MPLA’s Politburo. Lourenco was recently the country’s defense minister before becoming the ruling party’s flag-bearer in the August 23 parliamentary election to replace long-term President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.