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Up in the air: the race for Mozambique’s next president

Ruling party Frelimo is getting closer to selecting its presidential candidate, but the winner remains unpredictable

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

Good afternoon. Mozambique’s ruling party Frelimo is inching closer to selecting its candidate for the 9 October presidential election, who is all but guaranteed to be the country’s next president. A meeting of the party’s Central Committee has been scheduled for 5-6 April, where the candidate is likely to be selected. Zitamar News understands that the party’s Political Commission is also planning to hold a retreat this weekend where members will talk about the criteria to be shortlisted as a possible presidential candidate, and possibly about particular names.

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😂 Frelimo’s Political Commission met today and called the next session of the Central Committee for 5-6 April, party spokeswoman Ludmila Maguni announced tonight. At the meeting, Frelimo will elect its candidate for Mozambique’s presidential election to be held in October. The initial plan for the meeting to be held in March was changed because it coincided with Easter celebrations, Maguni told a press conference. The party has also appointed new heads of the central brigades to assist the provinces and members of the cabinet to prepare for the October 9 general elections, she said. ——— Sign up for Zitamar’s Daily Briefing at Follow Zitamar on our Telegram Channel, on BlueSky, Twitter / X, Facebook, and Linkedin
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Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo: Magazine Independente leads with the contest for Renamo’s leadership, while Notícias looks at Frelimo’s search for a presidential candidate. Notícias’ lead story concerns a 42km section of the Ressano Garcia train line which is almost double-tracked, and will increase freight transport capacity from 13 to 24 million tonnes per year. That is followed by an article on cases of conjunctivitis in Nampula province during the last two weeks; and Frelimo’s recent announcement that the party’s Central Committee meeting is scheduled for the 5th and 6th of April, at which they are likely to announce their presidential candidate. Magazine Independente’s main headline concerns the ongoing legal dispute between Venâncio Mondlane and Ossufo Momade over leadership of opposition party Renamo; it also reports that the Mozambique’s main business association wants the National Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic) to have judicial power. 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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