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Mozambique’s main opposition party, Renamo, on Monday appointed André Magibire as its new secretary-general, a party source has told Lusa, making clear that he was the choice of the party’s leader since January, Ossufo Momade.
“According to the party statutes, the president [of the party] designates and the National Council of the party ratifies” such appointments, the source said. “In this case, the new party secretary-general was ratified by acclamation.”
Magibire replaces Manuel Bissopo, who was dismissed in February by Ossufo Momade, who took over as party president in January after the death of veteran Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama on 3 May last year.
As well as being a member of parliament, Magibire leads the Renamo delegation in ongoing negotiations with Mozambique’s Frelimo government for definitive peace in the country, after years of on-off armed conflict.
Magibire was appointed at an ordinary session of the party’s National Council, meeting on Monday in Nampula, in the north of the country. At the same session, it was announced that Renamo will table a bill in parliament to declare Dhlakama a national hero.
“We advised the party’s legal counsel to design and submit to the competent bodies this bill to mark indelibly the figure of the late president,” Momade told the session in an address made from his base in Gorongosa, in central Mozambique.
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