Prime Minister of Angola

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The Prime Minister is a high government official in Angola, but is not the head of government.

Along with the rest of the Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister is appointed by the President. The position was originally created when Angola achieved independence from Portugal on 11 November 1975, but was abolished in 1978 when President Agostinho Neto consolidated his power. There was no Prime Minister until 1991, when President José Eduardo dos Santos reinstated the position following a peace agreement with the opposition party. The post was also vacant between 1999 and 2002.

The post will be abolished effective 2012 due to ratification of the 2010 Constitution of Angola, which integrates the functions of the prime minister into the office of the president, who will be subjected to the confidence of the parliamentary majority in the same way as the prime minister; such a system as an indirectly-elected parliamentary republic already exists in Botswana and South Africa.

List of Prime Ministers[edit]

1. Lopo do Nascimento 11 November 1975 9 December 1978
*. Position eliminated 9 December 1978 19 July 1991
2. Fernando José de Franca Dias van Dúnem 19 July 1991 2 December 1992
3. Marcolino Moco 2 December 1992 3 June 1996
4. Fernando José de Franca Dias van Dúnem 3 June 1996 29 January 1999
*. Position vacant 29 January 1999 6 December 2002
5. Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos 6 December 2002 30 September 2008
6. Paulo Kassoma 30 September 2008 incumbent

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