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One president, or two?

Is it time to separate the roles of President of Mozambique, and president of Frelimo?

Good morning. Ten Mozambican citizens submitted a petition to the Constitutional Council this week, arguing that it is unconstitutional for the president of Mozambique to also be the president of a political party.

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It might seem at first glance that the target of this move is the current holder of both those offices, Filipe Nyusi. But he is coming to the end of his time as president of the country, and is expected to hand over leadership of the party too, if as expected Daniel Chapo wins the Mozambican presidential election in October. So instead, it could be an attempt to allow Nyusi to remain president of the party even if Chapo replaces him in the Ponta Vermelha.

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