Angola has a new president.
The Southern African state on Tuesday inaugurated João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço as the new president, the first change of guard in 38 years.
The 63-year-old won the August 23 vote after the ruling MPLA Party secured 64.5% of the vote and the necessary parliamentary majority to clinch the presidency.
Before his candidature, Lourenco served as Angola’s Defence Minister in outgoing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ cabinet.
The inauguration ceremony conducted in the capital, Luanda, was graced by tens of world leaders.
Lourenco’s win stamped MPLA’s influence in Angola, though there was a slight reduction in the voter margin between the party and the runner up.
The outgoing president however remained as the leader of the MPLA party, a position many see as influential in the country’s decision making processes.
According to the Angolan constitution, the office of the President is supposed to be limited to two five-year terms.