Angola's president has dismissed 13 ambassadors. Lourenço has replaced 12 ambassadors, while the position in Italy is still open.
According to a press release from the Civil House, to which Angop had access, ambassadors Albino Malungo (Korea), José Andrade de Lemos (United Arab Emirates), Feliciano António dos Santos (Israel), Nelson Manuel Cosme (Brazil), Alberto Correia Neto (Germany) and Alberto do Carmo Bento Ribeiro (Netherlands) have been dismissed.
The list also includes Gilberto Buta Lutucuta (Equatorial Guinea), Pedro Hendrick Vaal Neto (Zimbabwe), João Manuel Bernardo (Vietnam), Balbina Malheiros Dias da Silva (Zambia), Manuel Alexandre Duarte Rodrigues (Namibia), Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto (US) and Florêncio Mariano da Conceição e Almeida (Italy).
In another decree, the President has appointed ambassadors Edgar Augusto Brandão Gaspar Martins (Korea), Albino Malungo (United Arab Emirates), Osvaldo dos Santos Varela (Israel), Florêncio Mariano da Conceição e Almeida (Brazil), Balbina Malheiros Dias da Silva (Germany), Maria Isabel Gomes Godinho de Resende Encoge (Netherlands), António Manuel Luvualu de Carvalho (Equatorial Guinea) and Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto (Zimbabwe).
Agostinho André de Carvalho Fernandes (Vietnam), Azevedo Xavier Francisco (Zambia), Jovelina Alfredo António Imperial da Costa (Namibia) and Joaquim do Espírito Santo (US) have also been appointed.
It is not clear whether João Lourenço will close the Angolan representation in Italy or appoint a new ambassador to replace Florêncio Mariano da Conceição and Almeida.