Guebuza in control of Mozambique as Frelimo chooses presidential nominee

An excellent insight to the political power dynamics in Mozambique regarding the new Frelimo’s Presidential candidate.

Global Risk Insights

After several tense months of political infighting, the ruling Frelimo party of Mozambique finally selected Defense Minister Filipe Jacinto Nyussi as nominee for president. Nyussi’s choice virtually guarantees President Guebuza’s influence in state affairs after his term ends in 2015.

In a decisive win for President Guebuza, the Frelimo Central Committee picked Defense Minister Filipe Jacinto Nyussi as their next presidential candidate late Saturday night. The Central Committee’s decision came after two rounds of voting, pitting Nyussi against the current prime minister, two former prime ministers, and the present agriculture minister.

As Frelimo’s chosen candidate, Nyussi will now face the candidates from the two opposition parties, Renamo and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), in the presidential elections scheduled for 15 October 2014. Nyussi is all but certain to win in these elections, with Frelimo remaining in power for the foreseeable future.

Notably, Nyussi was not considered a strong candidate…

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