New assembly of Mozambique takes office

Mozambican President Nyusi in France

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi led a ceremony here where all the deputies of the 9th Assembly of the Republic (AR) elected on October 15 in 2019 and the AR’s elected president (speaker) Esperanca Bias were sworn in on Monday.

247 out of 250 deputies from the three parties were present at the ceremony – Frelimo 181, Renamo 60 and 6 from MDM, three deputies from Frelimo were absent.

Esperanca Bias, after being elected with an overwhelming majority of votes and sworn in by the president of the Constitutional Council, said she hoped to count on the support and collaboration of all political bodies.

“I hope to be able to count on the support of the executive, the judiciary, civil society organizations, religious faiths, the media and development partners,” said Bias in her speech to the AR.

The new president of the national legislature added that she will work to consolidate the role of the AR in its legislative function.

Mozambican President Nyusi appealed for respect among the deputies and the highest consensus in defending the legitimate interests of the people they represent and making decisions that make state development viable, boosting economic and social life.

The president of the nation added that the fact that Frelimo has the majority of seats in parliament does not mean that all decisions must be taken by the faction.

“This is a perception that should be deconstructed through consistent work targeting the creation of consensus wherever possible, especially in structuring matters of national life,” he said. Enditem

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