The former Chairman of Angola's recently abolished Military Junta, Admiral Rosa Coutinho, held a news conference in Luanda, the Angolan capital, to announce his appointment as interim-High Commissioner for the Portugese territory.
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Background: The former Chairman of Angola's recently abolished Military Junta, Admiral Rosa Coutinho, held a news conference in Luanda, the Angolan capital, to announce his appointment as interim-High Commissioner for the Portugese territory.
The appointment gives him a rank that is equivalent to prime minister in the Angolan administration, and he will continue in the post until a High Commissioner is officially appointed.
Admiral Coutinho told the newsmen present, that a decree abolishing the Junta had been formally signed by President Costa Gomes of Portugal two days before on Wednesday (27 November). He said these measures had been taken to modernise the Angolan government structure and to give it greater freedom of action.
The Admiral said that following the recent meetings of the Decolonisation Committee which he had attended in Lisbon, it was hoped that a summit conference on Angolan liberation would be held "somewhere in Portugal" within a very short time.
Such a conference would make it possible to form a transitional coalition government which would pave the way for the country's independence.
Also present during the Admiral's news conference was Signor Correia Jesuino, the Secretary of the Angolan Social Committee.