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The Mozambican parliament adjourned yesterday until March 21 to allow MPs to participate in the campaign for the second round of the Nampula mayoral by-election scheduled for March 14.
The suspension of the work of the 7th plenary session of the 8th Legislature of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique came a day after the institution resumed debates.
Parliamentary speaker Veronica Macamo told deputies that they could be recalled before the 21st if the parliamentary commissions considering the proposed constitutional amendment on decentralisation finished their work before that date.
“We encourage the commissions to produce their opinions as soon as possible. As soon as the commissions communicate their conclusions, we will meet and deliberate,” Macamo said.
Speaking to Lusa, Chairman of the Commission on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Edson Macuácuá, dismissed the possibility that the entity could complete the analysis of the proposal within 15 days, as it had previously announced on 14 February.
“It is a complex document that focuses on the Constitution of the Republic and will influence other legal instruments: it deserves all due care and caution,” he said.
The election campaign for the second round of the Nampula mayoral by-election in northern Mozambique starts tomorrow, March 3rd, and will last 10 days.
Amisse Cololo, the Frelimo (Liberation Front of Mozambique) candidate and winner of the first round, and Paulo Vahanle of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party, are competing in the run-off.
The Nampula by-election was decreed following the assassination of Nampula mayor Mahamudo Amurane on 4 October 2017.Source: Lusa
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