Dos Santos’s body arrives in Angola amid tense election campaign

The body of Angola’s former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who died in Spain in July, has arrived in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

The repatriation of the former president’s corpse on Saturday comes amid a tense election campaign and ended a weeks-long feud between the Angolan government, dos Santos’s widow and some of his children over when and where he would be buried.

A few dozen people gathered at Luanda’s airport to welcome the coffin of the former leader, who had ruled Angola from 1979 to 2017.

Some clapped as the coffin, draped in the Angolan flag, was taken away followed by a convoy of black cars, while more came out on the streets to watch the convoy pass by. Some cheered, others chanted “Ze Du!”, dos Santos’s nickname, footage posted on social media showed.

The funeral is likely to take place on August 28.



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