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Angolan president sacks security chief

16 November 2013, 09:22

Luanda - Angola's president has sacked his intelligence and state security chief, state media reported on Friday, amid allegations linking the sector's staff to the disappearance of two activists.

The Jornal de Angola reported that Jose Eduardo Dos Santos on Thursday "relieved Sebastiao Jose Antonio Martins of his duties" without giving reasons for the decision.

The move comes two days after the announcement that four people had been detained on suspicion of having kidnapped, and probably killed, two activists.

The two men went missing in May last year when they tried to organise a protest.

Some of the suspects worked in intelligence and security, according to a website providing information on Angola which is widely quoted by some media, social networks and the political opposition.

"It is the president who should resign and not the ministers, directors or heads of departments because it is the president, and only he, who is in charge," said the main opposition, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), at a press conference on Friday.

The party said it was planning a protest against state abuse and violence on 23 November.

Angola's opposition, civil society and international NGOs have been calling on the authorities to shed light on Isaias Cassule and Alves Kamulingue who went missing on 27 and 29 May.

In power since 1979, Dos Santos was re-elected in August last year, despite growing social protest.

Angola emerged from a brutal civil war in 2002 and has enjoyed fast economic growth thanks to its oil riches but the majority of its people continue to live in poverty.



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