Angolan deputies voted, by a large majority, to remove the effigy of former president José Eduardo dos Santos from the banknotes that will be put into circulation in 2020.
The law, presented by the parliamentary group of the ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) of President João Lourenço, was adopted on Thursday with 128 votes for and 51 abstentions.
On the next kwanza banknotes, the local currency, which will be issued in 2020 by the central bank, only the figure of the country’s first president, Agostinho Neto, will be represented, with emblematic landscapes and monuments on the back.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos retired in 2018 after 38 years of an undivided reign, during which he put the Angolan economy under control for the benefit of a handful of relatives.
His successor Joao Lourenço, a former cacique of the regime, sacked the support of the former head of state at the head of the country’s institutions, public enterprises and security apparatus, in the name of the fight against corruption.
The son of the former Angolan president, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, former head of the country’s sovereign investment fund, has been on trial since December 9 in Luanda for corruption offenses, first trial against a family member of the former absolute master of the country.
The dos Santos family denounces a persecution.