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Angolan Youths to Demonstrate Against Dos Santos’s 32-Year Rule

September 03, 2011

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- A group of Angolan youths plans to demonstrate today to demand an end to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 32 years of power in Africa’s second-biggest oil- producing nation.

The group has sent e-mails and text messages to build up support for their demands, which include a call for the government to reduce university fees to $150 a month from more than $250, according an e-mail sent to Bloomberg.

They plan to gather at noon in Independence Square in the capital Luanda, wearing T-shirts saying “32 is too long,” Radio Despertar said today, citing organizers Dionisio Casimiro and Alfredo Mayenda Joao.

The weekly newspaper Novo Jornal reported yesterday that Dos Santos had picked Manuel Vicente, chairman of state-run oil company Sonangol, as his successor, citing unidentified officials of the ruling MPLA party.

--Editors: Jennifer M. Freedman, James Kraus

To contact the reporter on this story: Candido Mendes in Luanda, Angola, at cmendes6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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