Mozambique’s parliament will hold an extraordinary session on 18 and 19 July to debate new electoral legislation which, if passed, will allow municipal elections to go ahead on 10 October 2018.
The session, set today by parliament’s permanent commission, comes in the wake of a summit meeting on Wednesday between President Filipe Nyusi and Momade Ossufo, the caretaker leader of opposition movement Renamo, where they agreed on a road map towards Renamo’s disarmament and integration into Mozambique’s defence and security forces.
Nyusi’s party, Frelimo, had refused to go ahead with an extraordinary session on 21 and 22 June without some commitment to disarmament by Renamo. Renamo, for its part, said that new-style elections did not depend on disarmament.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Nyusi and Momade set a deadline of 21 July to start moving on disarmament and reintegration – meaning that Frelimo’s parliamentarians may be asked to approve the legislation enabling this year’s elections – and next year’s, where Renamo will have the chance to win provincial governorships – without seeing concrete evidence of disarmament.
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