Angola has declared a seven-day national mourning following the death of former leader Eduardo dos Santos.
President João Lourenço made the announcement on Friday, calling dos Santos’ death a great loss for the country.
“What I have to say is that Angola has just lost a great son, someone who dedicated his entire youth, his entire life, to the good of Angola and the Angolans,” said President Lourenço.José Eduardo dos Santos died on Friday in Spain, where he had spent several weeks in hospital.
According to a presidential decree, national mourning will begin at midnight on July 9, 2022.
President Lourenço said the former head of state will receive a state funeral, adding that claims of preventing his predecessor’s daughters from entering the country are unfounded.
There were allegations against him on social media Friday that the Angolan government would not allow the return of Isabel and Welwitschia dos Santos.
“Our focus is currently on o n the organization of the funeral ceremonies and in principle no authority in the country has the power to accept an Angolan citizen living abroad prevent him from returning to his home country, whatever the circumstances.”
“When we largely consider the current circumstances, we do not see why the family who are abroad are unable to do so should be able to accompany her loved one,” said President Lourenç.
The President announced that a commission would organize the funeral of his predecessor.
According to Welwitschia lawyers, she requested that her father’s body remains for autopsy at Teknon Medical Center in Barcelona, Spain, as she feared the body would be transferred to Angola.