Mozambique Summary 18 November 2019

The ruling Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo) party wins the 15 October elections in a landslide, winning 73% of the votes compared to just 21.88% for the opposition Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo). A South African high court sets aside a decision to extradite former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang to Mozambique. The ruling presents the possibility that Chang could be extradited to the United States for corruption allegations over the $2 billion hidden debt scandal. The government is planning licensing rounds and roadshows to promote its gas discoveries and potential in order to help lift its economy, which is struggling but expected to grow in 2020. Mozambique’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are forecast to bring in billions in revenue and increase growth.  Rebels in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado Province have killed seven soldiers from Russia-based private military contractor Wagner Group since the company started joint operations with the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (FADM) in early October.

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Mozambique Summary 18 November 2019


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