Angola's smooth change in leadership a good sign for SADC: Geingob

27 Sep 2017 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – The smooth change in leadership in Angola is a good sign for the Southern African Development Community region and Africa as a continent, President Hage Geingob has said.
He was speaking to the media Tuesday evening when he arrived in Windhoek after attending the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in the United States of America and the inauguration of Angola’s new President, Joao Lourenco.
Former defence minister Lourenco was sworn in in Luanda on Tuesday. He is Angola’s third president since that country’s independence in 1975 and succeeds Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who served as president for 38 years.
Geingob and former President Sam Nujoma attended the inauguration.
“We have done it smoothly and in a democratic way. We have managed our change and we are proud of that,” Geingob said of the transitioning.
He commended Dos Santos for everything he did for Namibia during its liberation struggle from South Africa and for handing over power democratically, through elections.
“That is the way the new Africa is moving. We don’t cling to power anymore. Now we have term limits. This is good sign for SADC and we praise Angolans for that,” Geingob said.
Lourenco became president after the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola won the elections held on 23 August this year with 61.07 per cent of the vote and an absolute majority of 150 seats in the 220-seat legislature.