Fernando José de França Dias Van-Dúnem

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Fernando José de França Dias Van-Dúnem
Dias Van-Dúnem in 1980
Prime Minister of Angola
In office
3 June 1996 – 29 January 1999
PresidentJosé Eduardo dos Santos
Preceded byMarcolino Moco
Succeeded byFernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos (2002)
In office
19 July 1991 – 2 December 1992
PresidentJosé Eduardo dos Santos
Preceded byLopo do Nascimento (1978)
Succeeded byMarcolino Moco
President of the National Assembly
In office
26 October 1992 – 3 June 1996
Preceded byJosé Eduardo dos Santos
Succeeded byRoberto Francisco de Almeida
Personal details
Born(1934-08-24)24 August 1934
Luanda, Portuguese Angola
Died12 June 2024(2024-06-12) (aged 89)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political partyMPLA

Fernando José de França Dias Van-Dúnem (24 August 1934 – 12 June 2024) was an Angolan politician who was the First Vice-President of the African Union's Pan-African Parliament.[1] He was a member of the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and served as Prime Minister of Angola twice during the 1990s.

Dias Van-Dúnem was Prime Minister from June 1991 until December 1992 and was the first Prime Minister appointed since the post was abolished in 1978.[2] After four years out of office, Dias was reappointed Prime Minister on 3 June 1996 and remained in office until a cabinet reshuffle in January 1999, when the post of Prime Minister was again eliminated.

Education

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Dias Van-Dúnem received a Master's Degree in Public Law, and a Ph.D. in Public Law, both in Aix-en-Provence, France.[1]

Early work

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From 1964 to 1965 Dias Van-Dúnem was a research assistant for Professor Maarten Bos regarding international law at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands In that same year he conducted a study on Recognition of States and Government. He was a member of the American Society of International Law from 1964 onwards. For three years starting in 1969 to 1971 he was a lecturer on Public International Law, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law at University of Burundi in Bujumbura, Burundi.[1]

International work

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For two years starting in 1970 he was Deputy Legal Advisor to the Organisation of African Unity. From 1972 to 1978 he was Chief Personnel Officer of the same organization. For one year starting in 1978 Ambassador Van-Dúnem was OAU Deputy Representative for Political and Legal Affairs near the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.[1]

From 1979 to 1982 he was Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the People's Republic of Angola to Belgium, the Netherlands and the European Economic Community. For four years starting in 1982 he was Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the People's Republic of Angola to Portugal and Spain.[1]

National service

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From 1985 to 1986, Dias Van-Dúnem was Deputy Minister of External Relations, and from 1986 to 1990 he was Minister of Justice. He was Minister of Planning from 1990 to 1991, then Prime Minister from 1991 to 1992. After serving as President of the National Assembly of Angola from 1992 to 1996,[3] he was Prime Minister for a second time from 1996 to 1999.[1]

Dias Van-Dúnem was a member of the National Assembly of Angola in 1999. At the same time, he was a Professor of International Law, History of Political Thought, and a member of the Faculty of Law at Catholic University of Angola.[1]

Dias Van-Dúnem was the 71st candidate on the MPLA's national list in the September 2008 parliamentary election.[4][5] Van-Dúnem won a seat in this election, in which MPLA won an overwhelming majority.[5]

Death

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Dias Van-Dúnem died in Lisbon, Portugal on 12 June 2024, at the age of 89.[6]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Biographical details at PAP website Archived 18 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ James, W. Martin (1 March 2018). "Historical Dictionary of Angola". Rowman & Littlefield – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Virtudes e Fraquezas do Parlamento cessante". ANGONOTÍCIAS. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Eleições: Lista integral dos candidatos do MPLA, antigo PM Marcolino Moco fora, nova cara Akwá" Archived 18 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Angola Xyami, 5 July 2008 (in Portuguese).
  5. ^ a b List of deputies elected in the 2008 election Archived 19 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, CNE website (in Portuguese).
  6. ^ "Morreu o antigo Primeiro-Ministro e deputado França Van-Dúnem". Jornal de Angola. 12 June 2024. Archived from the original on 12 June 2024. Retrieved 13 June 2024.
Political offices
Preceded by
Adriano Sebastião
Ambassador of Angola to Portugal
1982–1985
Succeeded by
Vacant
Title last held by
Lopo do Nascimento
Prime Minister of Angola
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Angola
1996–1999
Vacant
Title next held by
Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos