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João Manuel Goncalves Lourenço (J-Lo)

Date of Birth: 5 March 1954
Place of Birth: Lobito


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Hopes for new initiatives on debt and finance at Africa summit hosted by Paris

They include South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa Ghana's Nana Addo Akufo-Addo Côte d'Ivoire's Alassane Ouattara Senegal's Macky Sall Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari Ethiopia's Sahle-Work Zewde Mozambique's Filipe Nyusi and Angola's João Lourenço together with three prime ministers: Spain's Pedro Sanchez Italy's Mario Draghi and Portugal's António Costa (AC Vol 62 No 4 France holds tight in the Sahel & Vol 62 No 9 Death on the front line a coup and then an about turn)...

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The money-sharing puzzle

While public debt is estimated at a heady 134% of GDP the rally on global crude markets could be enough for Africa's second largest oil exporter to go it alone freeing the MPLA to bankroll pre-election giveaways to secure a second term for President João Lourenço in August 2022...


J-Lo suffers party backlash

President João Lourenço promised an end to the corruption that characterised the rule of his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos to the impunity of the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola and a new role for an emboldened civil society...


Tshisekedi’s moment of truth

Tshisekedi broke off his consultations to visit Luanda for talks with President João Lourenço on 16 November a day before a Confédération Africaine de Football qualifier match in the city between the two countries' teams (Congo-Kinshasa won 1-0)...


Mounting protests face police violence

President João Lourenço faces deepening public anger over the country's economic implosion and accusations that his anti-corruption campaign is replacing one set of dishonest officials with another...

Luanda reshuffles the oligarchs One of the defences mounted by President João Lourenço's allies to the attacks over his chief of staff Edeltrudes Costa is that they are fuelled by the Dos Santos clan using their still-influential network in Angola...


Debt crisis deepens

Even without the coronavirus pandemic it was always doubtful that 2020 would be the year Angola would return to growth as President João Lourenço had promised...


Clash of the kings

Pham cited the contrasting example of Angola backing President João Lourenço's pursuit of the Dos Santos family which led to the freezing in December last year of assets in Angola owned by Isabel dos Santos and her husband Sindika Dokolo...


Lourenço faces the crunch

This year looks decisive for President João Lourenço after his finance team agreed a three-year reform programme with the international monetary fund and credits worth $3...


The fight over the missing billions goes global

In what is set to be a gargantuan legal battle stretching over many years the government of President João Lourenço is stepping up action to recover several billion dollars in assets that it says were fraudulently transferred out of Angola by the family of former President José Eduardo dos Santos and his political allies...


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