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Democratic deadlines

As parliament expects to pass a last-minute amendment to its electoral law, Renamo calls overdue meeting to select its presidential candidate

Good afternoon. Parliament will return for its next normal session on 22 February, following an extraordinary session this week. It will, during the session running from February to May, make amendments to various electoral laws. But one key amendment was already made this week, setting the timetable for voter registration, and for the submission of candidates for election.

All of these amendments are happening in typically last-minute fashion — but not running up against deadlines quite as badly as Renamo, which has now finally called a meeting of its National Council which should choose its candidate for the October presidential election.

Until now, it was not even clear that the party would have any procedure to choose the candidate, or whether the role would simply fall to the party leader, Ossufo Momade — whose term as leader should have ended this month, but has not, because there is no process in place to replace him.

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