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Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi will on Wednesday go to the Assembly of the Republic to provide information on the general situation of the nation, in the last State of the Nation Address of his current term of office, which is due to end in January 2020.
Filipe Nyusi, who was sworn in as President of the Republic of Mozambique in January 2015, will provide information on the general situation of the country, in compliance with the imperative imposed on the head of state by the Constitution of the Republic.
The President will address the country from the Parliament plenary in Maputo on the third day after the voluntary start of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) of the guerrillas of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the country’s largest opposition party.
The DDR process is the result of an understanding arrived at between the government and Renamo leadership in the peace negotiations, the main cause that Filipe Nyusi took up in his inauguration speech in January 2015.
At the time, Filipe Nyusi promised to “do everything” so that “no Mozambican brother will ever take up arms to kill another Mozambican brother” again.
In his State of the Nation Address tomorrow, the Mozambican head of state is expected to refer to the armed violence conducted by unidentified groups which is plaguing some districts of Cabo Delgado province.
Economically, the investments announced this year at the start of liquefied natural gas projects in the northern Rovuma Basin will also be a central theme informing the general situation of the nation.
The President’s speech is not subject to questions from MPs, since parliamentarians’ questioning of the head of state was abolished in Mozambique for reasons never explained.
Filipe Nyusi is running for re-election on 15 October as the head of the ruling Frelimo Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frelimo) party, in elections which will concurrently determine the composition of parliamentary and provincial assemblies and will, for the first time in Mozambican history, select governors for 10 of the country’s 11 provinces.
The Assembly of the Republic – the Mozambican parliament – is dominated by Frelimo, with a majority of 144 deputies, followed by Renamo, the main opposition party, with 89 deputies, and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), with 17 deputies.Source: Lusa
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