October 30, 2021 at 11:03 am
Former President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, was, once again, the “great” absentee at the meeting of the Council of the Republic, held on Monday, 25, in the Council of Ministers room, at the Presidential Palace.
This is the third time, in the four years of João Lourenço’s government, who succeeded him by his own “choice”, that José Eduardo dos Santos has not participated in a meeting of the Council of the Republic, an organ whose aim is to lead the President of the Republic to adopt the ‘rightest’ measures for governance.
However, the absence of José Eduardo dos Santos for the third time, at a time when some of his children and close people are up against the courts, is generating several interpretations.
The first and last time that José Eduardo dos Santos was present at the Council of the Republic at the consulate of João Lourenço was in 2018, and, on other occasions, his absence could be justified by having taken up residence abroad.
Unlike other times, José Eduardo dos Santos is in the country and no note was published to justify his absence from the Council of the Republic.
In view of the above facts, there are those who have no doubts that José Eduardo dos Santos and João Lourenço are “definitely with their backs turned”.
But, there are also others who consider that the facts mentioned are not “sufficient” to determine the existence of a “crisp” between the current President of the Republic and his predecessor.
Political scientist Sérgio Dundão, for example, is one of those who consider “there is a bad climate” in the “relationship” between the two figures.
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