Journalist and activist Rafael Marques was one of 70 personalities and institutions awarded this Thursday by the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, and was distinguished for his commitment to the fight against corruption.
According to the official website of the Angolan Presidency, three decoration classes were awarded (Order of Independence, Order of Civil Merit, and Medal of Valor and Civic and Social Merit) in the framework of the Independence Anniversary, which the country celebrates next day. 11
The distinguished "are personalities recognized by the homeland with outstanding paths as nationalists and Angolans who bravely fought against colonialism, fought for independence and the construction of the Angolan state."
Rafael Marques, 48, a longtime opponent of the Luanda regime, received a merit badge for his "pertinent and decisive participation in Angola's construction effort".
In addition to the activist were distinguished personalities such as businessmen Carlos Cunha and Rui Santos, musician Eduardo Paim, journalist Sousa Jamba, biologist Adjany Costa, and African chess champion Luzia Pires, reported the Angolan press.
The journalist and activist was convicted several times for denouncing scandals of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who left power in 2017 after 38 years in office.
His successor, João Lourenço, promised to free the country from the widespread corruption attributed to the regime of the former head of state and his family and friends.
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