Luanda denies report that Dos Santos is treated for cancer in Spain

By Drum Digital
29 November 2013

Angola has denied a report by Portuguese state TV that the oil-producing African state's long-serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was undergoing cancer treatment in Spain.

"I don't have anything to say, because it is not true," Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti told reporters in Luanda.

The RTP report, broadcast late on Thursday, said dos Santos had checked in to the oncology unit of a clinic in Barcelona. A follow-up report on its website said he was about to undergo surgery.

Neither report cited any sources.

The 71-year-old dos Santos has been in power in Africa's second-biggest oil producer since 1979, making him the continent's second longest-serving leader.

He was elected for a new five-year term in August 2012, but has long kept observers guessing about his political plans and who might succeed him.

-Reuters

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