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Vol 60 No 10

Published 17th May 2019


Sonangol's head rolls

The state oil company’s chair took the blame for chronic fuel shortages but there are deeper currents at work

The sacking of Sonangol chair Carlos Saturnino Guerra Sousa e Oliveira on 8 May is a deeply political affair, according to sources in Luanda. Saturnino replaced the billionaire Isabel dos Santos as CEO of the state oil company in late 2017, only two months after President João Lourenço took office in what was then seen as one of his boldest moves against the business and patronage network built during the 37-year reign of his predecessor, José Eduardo dos Santos .

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