Jose Eduardo dos Santos (born in 1942) is an Angolan left-wing politician, president from 1979, a member of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
He was in exile 1961-1970 during the civil war between the MPLA and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). He returned to Angola in 1970 and rejoined the war, which continued after independence in 1975.
He held key positions under President Agostinho Neto, and succeeded him on his death. By 1989, he had negotiated the withdrawal of South African and Cuban forces, and a ceasefire between MPLA and UNITA.
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Jose Eduardo dos Santos is the President of Angola since 1979.