A new president, João Lourenço, was elected in September 2017, ending almost four decades of José Eduardo Dos Santos’ repressive rule. The new president pledged to govern for all Angolans, and combat corruption and mismanagement of public funds. Security forces frequently used intimidation, excessive force, and arbitrary detention against peaceful protesters. Freedom of the press continues under threat after a new media law was enacted in the face of opposition from the journalist’s union and human rights groups.