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Vol 51 No 3

Published 5th February 2010


The country gets richer, the party gets stronger

The new Prime Minister backs the President’s push for a state-run economy and a tougher line against the opposition

President Armando Emílio Guebuza never fails to seize an opportunity. After his controversial landslide election victory in October, he plans to reinforce his dominance of the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique when setting the agenda for his second and constitutionally last term in office (AC Vol 50 No 22). The unfinished business from his first term is to continue the drive toward modernisation, growth and poverty reduction, backed by inflows of foreign and private investment. Yet some donors are uncomfortable with his muscular approach, which involves rolling back the pluralism of the period since the civil war that ended in 1992 and confirming Frelimo’s hegemony.

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