2019 in Angola

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Events in the year 2019 in Angola.



January to June[edit]

Cunene Province (highlighted) was particularly affected by the year's drought
  • 23 January – The National Assembly agrees a new criminal code, the country's first since independence in 1975. Among the new provisions passed, according to Human Rights Watch, are the decriminalisation of same-sex activity and the outlawing of discrimination based on sexual orientation.[1]
  • 13 March – A site holding between 450 and 600 million barrels of oil is discovered off the Angolan coast by Italian company Eni.[2]
  • 22 March – The Angola national football team qualifies for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals following a 1–0 victory over Botswana in Francistown.[3]
  • 30 April – A UNICEF report reveals that drought in the first three months of the year has caused a three-fold rise in the number of Angolans in the southern Cunene Province needing humanitarian assistance to more than 800,000. The report also states that approximately 2.3 million people in the country are now at risk of food insecurity, with severe malnutrition affecting 2,500 children under the age of five in six provinces.[4]
  • 8 May – President João Lourenço dismisses Carlos Saturnino from his role as Chief Executive of the state oil company Sonangol after fuel shortages cause power cuts and long lines at petrol stations in the capital Luanda.[5]

July to December[edit]

  • 2 July – The Angola national football team is eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations after a 1–0 defeat to Mali ends their chances of progressing beyond the group stage of the competition.[6]
  • 15 August – Former transport minister Augusto da Silva Tomas is found guilty by the Supreme Court of charges including embezzlement, fraud, and abuse of power committed during his tenure in office from 2008 to 2017. He is sentenced to fourteen years in prison.[7]
  • 21 August – Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda sign an agreement in Luanda to cool tensions between their respective nations after recent accusations of espionage, murder, and disruptions to trade.[8]
  • 8 September – The men's national basketball team ends its participation at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China with one win and four losses from five games.[9]
  • 1 November – Aristofanes dos Santos, the provincial commander of the national police, announces that national disarmament campaigns over the past eleven years have resulted in the forfeiture of more than 100,000 firearms, most of which can be traced to the Angolan Civil War.[10]
  • 5 December – The International Monetary Fund authorises a $247 million loan to Angola after deeming the government's efforts to reduce state expenditure and diversify the national economy beyond oil as sufficient.[11]
  • 31 December – The assets of Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former President José Eduardo dos Santos, are frozen by the government after she is accused of failing to repay $1 billion in state funds.[12]



  1. ^ "Angola decriminalizes same-sex conduct, rights group says". ABC News. Associated Press. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. ^ Jewkes, Stephen (13 March 2019). Dale Hudson (ed.). "Italy's Eni makes major oil find in Angola". Reuters. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Angola qualify ahead of Burkina Faso". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  4. ^ Eisenhammer, Stephen (30 April 2019). Janet Lawrence (ed.). "Drought puts 2.3 million people at risk in Angola - UNICEF". Reuters. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Angola sacks Sonangol chief over fuel shortages". France 24. Agence France-Presse. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations round-up: Ghana, Cameroon qualify for last 16". Sky Sports. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  7. ^ Mendes, Candido (15 August 2019). "Angola Jails Most Senior Official Yet After Corruption Trial". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Presidents of Rwanda and Uganda sign pact to ease tensions". Al Jazeera. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  9. ^ Naredo, Camille B. (8 September 2019). "FIBA World Cup: Tunisia escapes with close win over Angola to top Group N". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Over 110,000 firearms collected in Angola's disarmament campaigns". Xinhua. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  11. ^ Toyana, Mfuneko (6 December 2019). Tim Cocks (ed.). "IMF approves $247 million reform loan to Angola". Reuters. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  12. ^ Cotterill, Joseph; Pilling, David (31 December 2019). "Angola freezes Isabel dos Santos's assets over graft allegations". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Former basketball player Filipe Abraão dies". Agência Angola Press. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Handball: Former national team coach Jerónimo Neto dies". Agência Angola Press. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Morreu Quinzinho, ex-jogador do FC Porto". Diário de Noticías (in Portuguese). 16 April 2019. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Morreu Eduardo Nascimento, a voz de O Vento Mudou na Eurovisão". Publico (in Portuguese). Lusa News Agency. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.