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31 Oct 2007 description

POLITICAL

During September and October two main events dominated Mozambique's political life. The first was President Guebuza's efforts to boost his popularity and that of his cabinet. The second was preparations for the provincial and municipal elections scheduled to take place next year.

30 Jun 2007 description

Political

On the political front, the Government of Mozambique have suffered major setbacks during the period under review. Individual Ministers and state institutions have been publicly questioned by both the Administrative Tribunal - Mozambique's national audit office - and the Constitutional Court. High crime levels and a series of embarrassing events have led many domestic observers to wonder whether the Government of President Guebuza has the country under control.

Crime rates have been the most serious problem as far as public perceptions are concerned.

28 Feb 2007 description

In early February, the Chinese President Hu Jintao, accompanied by a business delegation led by the chairman of China's Eximbank, paid his first visit to Mozambique. As in many other African countries, the Chinese government paved its way into the Mozambican economy - so far mainly in the construction sector - with soft loans for prestige government buildings. The bilateral trade volume has steadily increased to currently over USD 200 million.

31 Dec 2006 description

Risk Assessment:
The second half of 2006 was an eventful time with regards to Conflictive Government and Non-Government Events. The major Conflictive Events had a political nature. Differences between Frelimo, the ruling party, and Renamo, the largest opposition party, account for a significant number of events. These ranged from direct confrontation all the way to criticisms and accusations. Mutarara district in the Province of Tete, for instance, caught media attention in June when Renamo and Frelimo supporters clashed.

30 Jun 2005 description

Risk Assessment

Positive developments dominate the first half of 2005, the six month period since Mozambique held its third multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections. Conflictive events have levelled off more than in any period in the past few years, and levels of domestic cooperation have increased. Frelimo, and its candidate Armando Emílio Guebuza, won by a very large majority, even in constituencies formerly regarded as Renamo strongholds.

Renamo, along with most opposition parties, rejected the election results on the grounds that there had been massive fraud.