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Nyusi's failure

The rate of poverty in Mozambique has increased by almost 20% in less than ten years

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Good afternoon. The government’s National Development Strategy, published last week, has laid bare Mozambique’s failure to tackle poverty over the last decade. Since President Nyusi took office in 2014, the percentage of Mozambicans living in poverty has risen from 46% to 65% in 2022. More than a third of under-5s are chronically underfed.

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From the Zitamar Live Blog:

Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Mozambique’s Constitutional Council today announced it has approved four candidates to run in the presidential election on 9 October this year: 1. Daniel Francisco Chapo (Frelimo) 2. Lutero Chimbirombiro Simango (MDM) 3. Ossufo Momade (Renamo) 4. Venâncio António Bila Mondlane (CAD) The ruling, which excludes seven other would-be candidates, is attached.

The document points to events outside of the current administration’s control, of which the ‘hidden debts’ scandal, which caused international donors to withdraw support, is a legitimate excuse. The same scandal caused a severe devaluation in the metical, making imports much more expensive.

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