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    Angolan Economy Minister Fired Amid Fuel Protests

    Angolan President João Lourenço has sacked the minister responsible for economic and social development following protests triggered by the government’s decision to end fuel subsidies

    He replaced Manuel Nunes Júnior, a seasoned minister and economics professor, with the central bank governor, José de Lima Massano, a statement said.

    The withdrawal of the subsidies – which Mr Nunes Júnior said was aimed at cutting government spending – came into effect on 1 June, leading into a steep rise in fuel prices.

    The oil-rich nation has since experienced a wave of protests, with more expected over the weekend.

    On Monday, five people died and eight were injured after police opened fire on a group of protesters the city of Huambo.

    Angola is one of the largest oil exporters in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Source: BBC

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