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Frelimo keeps itself guessing

Mozambique’s ruling party is yet to draw up a shortlist of potential presidential candidates, and the outsiders still think they have a chance

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

Good afternoon. In just ten days, and as Zitamar News predicted, ruling party Frelimo’s Central Committee will meet to choose its presidential candidate for Mozambique’s presidential election in October (see below). But although the party’s Political Commission confirmed the date of the meeting at its session yesterday evening, no shortlist of names was released — not, as we understand, because the names are a secret, but because they have not yet been finalised.

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😂 Frelimo’s Central Committee will meet on Friday 3 May to select the party’s candidate for Mozambique’s presidential election in October, the party’s Political Commission decided yesterday. Party spokeswoman Ludmila Maguni said after a meeting of the commission yesterday afternoon that there was not yet a shortlist ready to be announced, but more details about the candidates may be forthcoming in the next few days. The meeting on 3 May will take place at the Frelimo Central School in the city of Matola, Maputo province. More on the process:
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