Maputo – The 11th congress of Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo Party, meeting in the southern city of Matola, on Friday night elected President Filipe Nyusi unopposed to a second term of office as President of Frelimo.
Although Nyusi was the sole candidate, this was an election by secret ballot, and the Congress delegates had the possibility of voting against by spoiling their ballot paper or casting blank ballots.
Very few chose to do so. Of the 2,115 ballots cast, 2,109 were valid votes for Nyusi. There were five blank ballots and one invalid vote hence Nyusi won 99.72 percent of the vote.
Immediately after the election, Nyusi was sworn into office by the Honorary President of Frelimo, Joaquim Chissano. He swore to serve faithfully the party and the Mozambican motherland, to dedicate his energies to the party’s unity and internal cohesion, and to carry out zealously his tasks as Frelimo President.
After taking office, Nyusi thanked the Congress delegates for the trust they had placed in him, and promised “I will do my best for the good of the party and of the Mozambican people”.
Nyusi’s rise has been meteoric. He was little known until 2008 when his predecessor, Armando Guebuza, appointed him Defence Minister, the first government position he had held. He was not elected to the Frelimo Central Committee until its 10th Congress, in 2012.
Frelimo chose him as its candidate for the October 2014 presidential election at a Central Committee meeting held in February and March 2014, when he defeated four other would-be candidates.
When Nyusi became President of the Republic, with 58 percent of the vote, Guebuza was still President of the party. Although the party’s then spokesperson, Damiao Jose, insisted that Guebuza would serve out his full term as leader of the party, and would not stand down until 2017, in fact Guebuza was obliged to resign in favour of Nyusi at a Central Committee meeting in March 2015.- AIM

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