Africa richest woman eyes Angola 2022 presidential seat

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Africa’s richest woman and daughter of Angola’s ex-president, Isabel dos Santos is considering running as country’s president in 2022.

Dos Santos, 46, is among the globe’s richest females, with Forbes publication approximating her lot of money to be worth $2.2 bn.

In an interview with the Portuguese TV channel RTP, Santos said “It’s possible… I will do everything I need to do to defend and serve my country.”

She also denied diverting more than a billion dollars of state money as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company Sonangol in 2016 saying it was an attack on her family and campaign against any political ambitions she has.

An Angolan court had ordered the seizure of the assets and bank accounts belonging to her, her husband Sindika Dokolo and associate Mario Leite da Silva in December. It came after accusations of steering more than $1bn (£766m) from Sonangol and official diamond trader Sodiam to firms where they held stakes.

“We cannot use corruption, or the supposed fight against corruption, in a selective way to neutralise who we think could be future political candidates… It’s about the fight for power,” she said.