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Vol 51 No 18

Published 10th September 2010


The President is for turning

The people’s protests against ruinous rises in food prices may have ended Guebuza’s efforts to extend his rule

A week of street demonstrations has checked the confidence of the ruling Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo). After describing a 30% rise in bread prices as ‘irreversible’, President Armando Guebuza was forced into a humiliating U-turn on 7 September by protests in Maputo and other cities. Shaken by the brutality of the crackdown, Mozambicans give the government little credit for its last-minute change of mind. Police used live ammunition and tear gas against the demonstrators, killing at least 13 and injuring about 440. They arrested more than 150 people.

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