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Angola's Lourenco big winner after ruling party congress - 1 months ago, 18 June 21:05

Arnaldo Vieira

Angola has placed under house arrest another close ally of former president Eduardo dos Santos just days after the ruling party MPLA made changes in its ranks meant to entrench President Joao Lourenco's hold on power.

The country’s military court (STM) on Monday placed under house arrest the former head of information and security of the army, General José Maria who held the position for more than 30 years under dos Santos.

General José Maria is charged with embezzlement of restricted military documents and equipment as well as insubordination.

He was last seen on Friday in handcuffs after attending a court session. The military court STM did not disclose further details.

Maria's confinement came just 24 hours after the ruling party's congress ended on Sunday in the capital Luanda.

which two key organs were expanded.

Notably, dos Santos close allies including his daughter Tchize who has accused President Lourenco of muzzling state institutions did not attend.

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