Lawyers to appeal Angolan presidents daughter appointment as Sonangol CEO

Jose Eduardo dos Santos 16062014 editPresident Jose Eduardo do Santos, President of Angola, has been accused of illegally appointing his daughter as the chief executive of the state oil company, and a case is to be heard in the Constitutional Court 

It has been reported by Reuters that 12 Angolan lawyers had an application rejected by the Supreme Court of Angola to have Isabel dos Santos removed as the head of Sonangol, which handles the oil and gas reserves for the country. 

"We have filed an extraordinary appeal at the Supreme Court, who transit the process to the Constitutional Court," said David Mendes, one of the attorneys. "Nobody should get advantage based on their origin."

However, an independent lawyer, Jose Carlos, says that "The authors of the appeal would have to be clear and deep to prove the unconstitutionality of the appointment, which would be a surprise and very unlikely to be found."

Ranked as Africa's richest woman by Forbes magazine, Isabel Dos Santos, 43, was given the job in June 2016, prompting critics to accuse the president of trying to control state resources.

Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, now 74, has been in power since 1979 and is one of Africa's longest serving leaders. He has publicly said that he will step down next year. 

Watchdog group Transparency International ranked Angola 163 out of 168 countries in its index of perceived corruption in the public sector. Isabel dos Santos says she was given the job because of her business acumen, and she has pledged to root out waste and corruption at a company that was struggling to stay afloat pre-oil price plunged. 

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