August 22, 2017 / 12:28 PM / 2 years ago

Angola's Lourenco dismisses notion he would share power if elected president

Joao Lourenco, presidential candidate for the ruling MPLA party, speaks at his party's final election rally in Luanda, Angola, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer

LUANDA (Reuters) - The Angolan ruling party’s presidential candidate, Joao Lourenco, said on Tuesday he would have all the power if elected, apparently dismissing concerns over President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ continued influence.

Dos Santos will not run, bringing an end to 38 years as head of state, but he will retain control of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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