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.