Angola VP Manuel Vicente ‘to face Portugal corruption charges’

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Until news of the corruption scandal emerged last year, he had been strongly tipped as a potential successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola since 1979.

The vice-president’s lawyer, Rui Patricio, said his client had not been notified of any charges being brought against him, describing the move as a “procedural violation” which “invalidated the legal process”, local media report.

Despite its oil wealth most people in Angola survive on less than $2 a day and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world Critics accuse President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of being increasingly authoritarian.

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