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Saturino Out of Sonangol

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Carlo Santurino, head of Angola’s state-run oil and gas firm Sonangol, has been fired by the country’s president. President João Lourenço sacked Saturnino in the midst of one of the worst fuel shortages to hit the country in years.

A statement from the president’s office said that Saturino would be replaced by Sebastiao Gaspar Martins.

The statement did not offer up a reason for the change, but it comes a day after Lourenço promised a rapid resolution to the shortage of fuel that is plaguing the capital of Luanda and cities across the nation.

Martins, is an oil industry veteran who has worked at Sonangol for nearly four decades, recently serving on Sonangol’s board as an executive administrator.