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The president of the Assembly of Mozambique, Veronica Macamo, rejects the suggestion that Mozambique is an “authoritarian regime” and says that The Economist’s classification must have been made by “people who do not know the country”.
According to the Democracy Index drawn up annually by the UK’s The Economist magazine, Mozambique, which in 2017 ranked 115th in the list of 167 countries and was considered a “hybrid regime”, fell to 116 in 2018, and is now classified as an “authoritarian regime”.
“These must be people who do not know Mozambique very well, surely. In the Assembly of the Republic, the sessions are open, and are reported on,” Macamo told reporters before the 8th Portuguese-Speaking Countries Parliamentary Assembly (AP-CPLP) session began in Cape Verde.
The parliamentarian acknowledged that, “for some time,” the country “had a problem of barring the participation of the press when it came to petitions”.
“But it was to protect the people involved, because in some cases it is concluded that the problem was not a problem,” she explained.
According to The Economist, Mozambique’s change of classification was motivated by the “disputed October local elections, which risk destabilising the ongoing peace process between the ruling party, Frelimo, and the armed opposition party, Renamo”.Source: Lusa
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