Angolan President Dos Santos ordered to explain naming daughter head of state oil firm

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Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos has been asked by the country’s Supreme Court to explain why he appointed his daughter as head of the state oil firm, Reuters news agency reports.

Dos Santos appointed his billionaire daughter Isabel as chief executive of Sonagol, Angola’s state oil firm, in June.

Upon her appointment, Isabel pledged to overhaul Sonagol to improve efficiency and margins to offset the impact of depressed oil prices.

Due to the militant attacks on Nigeria’s oil facilities, Angola is cuurently Africa’s biggest oil producer, but has been hit by depressed oil prices that have forced it to slash spending and growth forecasts.

The Supreme Court was responding to a case filed by 14 Angolan lawyers who accused the President of nepotism and violation of the Angolan probity law.

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