Angola honors former President Dos Santos on eve of burial

STORY: Dos Santos died in July at a Barcelona clinic from a long illness at the age of 79.

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their last respects at the ceremony with Angolan Minister of Social Affairs Carolina Cerquiera telling Reuters that Dos Santos was an “architect of peace”.

A state funeral is due on Sunday (August 28), Dos Santos’ birthday, and comes at a time when the country is going through a tense election period.

Dos Santos stepped down as President five years ago, allowing his successor Joao Lourenco to swiftly investigate allegations of multi-billion dollar corruption during the former President's era, often involving the Dos Santos family.

Dos Santos never specifically responded to the allegations that he had allowed corruption to become rampant.