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The 250 new Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique deputies elected by universal suffrage on October 15 of last year were invested in Maputo today in a ceremony led by the head of state, Filipe Nyusi.
The inauguration of the new deputies was formally accomplished by the reading of the oath of office by the eldest MP, Eduardo da Silva Nihia, 75, and the signing of the oath by each of the 247 deputies present at the inaugural session of the new legislature, which started today.
The ruling Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) will retain dominance in the Assembly of the Republic with a qualified majority of 184 deputies of the 250 deputies, or 73.6% of seats, with 60 seats (24%) held by the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party, and six seats (2.4%) by the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).
Three Frelimo deputies were not present for the investiture, for unknown reasons, but all 66 opposition party deputies attended.
The legislature that started today will be the sixth elected under the multiparty system first introduced in Mozambique’s 1994 general elections. The country had three legislatures prior to that date.
On Wednesday, Filipe Nyusi, will take office as president for his second term, the last allowed by the Mozambican constitution. After that, the new government will be formed. Under Mozambique’s current presidential system, the head of state is also chief executive.
In the October 15 general election, the ruling party candidate, Filipe Nyusi, was re-elected in the first round for a second term as head of state, with 73% of the vote. In second place was Renamo candidate Ossufo Momade, with 21.88% and in third place MDM leader Daviz Simango, with 4.38%.
Renamo, the main opposition party, and the MDM, the third parliamentary force, do not accept the results promulgated by the Constitutional Council, alleging that the scrutiny was marked by serious irregularities.Source: Lusa
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