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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:55 - Updated Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:13

Luanda Province motorway gains Cuban Revolution leader's name

Luanda - The Cabolombo/Viana/Cacuaco motorway, located in Luanda Province, last Saturday was given the official name of Comandante em Chefe da Revolução Cubana (Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution) Fidel de Castro Ruz, who passed away last November 25, in Havana, victim of an illness.

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Luanda Province motorway gains Cuban Revolution leader's name

Photo: Mota Ambrósio

The official naming ceremony was chaired by the minister of State and head of the Security Office of the Head of State, Manuel Hélder Viera Dias, who unveiled the plaque with the name, in the presence of the Cuban community residing in Angola, including that country’s ambassador, Gisela Garcia Ribeiro.

Speaking at the ceremony, Manuel Hélder Viera Dias said that the Angolan government pays a modest homage of respect and admiration for the greatness of the figure of one of the greatest politicians and statesmen of the last century.

“We’re not just looking at a former president, a friend head of State, but above all at a political personality whose vision, clear thinking and perseverance in his ideas and performance placed him, in the internal sphere of Cuba, in the position of leader of the Cuban Revolution”.

He gave a brief historical account of the importance of that road during the armed conflict period, since it served as a connecting point between the rear-guard and the frontline in the area of  Kifangondo (Kifangondo Battle) in the north-east of Luanda Province.

Manuel Hélder Viera Dias stressed that the Kifangondo Battle was crucial to the declaration of Angola’s independence on 11 November, 1975, which was achieved and defended through the assistance of Cuba, in the ambit of the renowned “Operação Carlota” (Operation Carlota) carried out by Cuban troops under the orders of Commander Fidel Castro.

He then explained that nowadays that road, a motorway now, is a structuring roadway which, besides being a connecting point for different national roads and others, has great socioeconomic and urban importance, along which one can see new urban infrastructures such as housing projects, universities, shopping centres and sports venues, as well as a series of different economic activities that have changed the daily lives of the citizens.   

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