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Elections are needed, not selections

While the two main parties struggle to pick candidates for the presidential election, the country’s needs are ignored

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Mozambique’s ruling party Frelimo and its largest opposition party, Renamo, are both struggling with their choice of candidate for the presidential election in October (see below). For Frelimo, the problem seems to be to come up with a candidate agreeable to both outgoing president Filipe Nyusi and to Frelimo leaders (there is not expected to be a genuine contest, but rather, one preferred candidate and two paper candidates are to be selected by the Political Commission and then voted on by the Central Committee). For Renamo, the problem is to have a contest at all, since current leader Ossufo Momade has been trying to stay on as the candidate, in the face of increasing opposition.

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Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. Notícias leads with Mozambique’s foreign minister calling for nuclear energy to be used for peaceful purposes only, at the United Nations in New York. Other stories cover the preparation of draft regulations that would introduce electric vehicles to the Mozambican market; the ending of exemptions for VAT because of private sector imports; and a change in the opening hours of the Ressano Garcia border post to accommodate travel during Easter. Magazine Independente leads with a professor speaking publicly about Mozambique’s electoral fraud and consequent fears within the National Elections Commission and Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration. Another headline says that Renamo and the Centre for Public Integrity question the feasibility of a new police branch. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media each week day 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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