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Despite Challenges, Mozambique’s President Is Sworn Into Office

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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi began his second, and last, term in office today, Wednesday; following elections last October as the country awaits him for guidance towards long-lasting peace and recovery of the economy.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at Maputo Independence Square, and was attended by about 3,000 guests among them were 12 heads of state or government mainly from the southern region bloc, SADC, and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The ceremony was attended by cheering supporters and dignitaries, but boycotted by opposition politicians who dispute his October election win as fraudulent.

He declared that, in the general and provincial elections held on 15 October, “nobody won, nobody lost, the Mozambican people won, our democracy won. We will work together so that Mozambique grows and accommodates all Mozambicans”.

Nyusi is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days.it is said that International investors are watching closely to see if the finance minister, Adriano Maleiane, will be replaced. 

Maleiane has guided the economy through exceptional difficulties following the discovery of $2 billion in debt taken on by three state-linked security companies, with government guarantees whose validity has been contested.

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