Jul 8, 2022 - World

Former Angola President dos Santos dies at 79

José Eduardo dos Santos

José Eduardo dos Santos in May 2014. Photo: Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Former Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos died on Friday at the age of 79, the southern African country's presidency said.

The big picture: Dos Santos, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, led the country for nearly four decades before stepping down in 2017.

  • He died at a clinic in Barcelona after a prolonged illness, the presidency said in a statement on Facebook.
  • Under dos Santos' leadership, "Angola fought the continent's longest civil war and turned his country into a major oil producer as well as one of the world’s poorest and most corrupt nations," AP writes.
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