Angola’s president replaces police and intelligence chiefs

President João Lourenço

Angola’s President João Lourenço on Monday replaced the head of the intelligence unit and the chief of police, state news agency Angop said.

Lourenço sacked Ambrósio de Lemos as Commander General of the National Police, replacing him with Alfredo Mingas.

António José Maria was replaced as Chief of the Intelligence Service and Military Security by Apolinário José Pereira.

The replacements come following President Lourencoi’s dismissal of Isabel dos Santos as the chair of Sonangol, the state oil company.

Isabel is the daughter of immediate former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Both Lemos and Maria are thought to be allies of the former president.

Since taking office on Sept. 26, Lourenço has quickly sought to wrest control of key areas of the state by removing allies of dos Santos.

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