Mozambique president sacks PM

2012-10-08 16:27
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza delivering a speech at Maputo's Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre. (Stephane de Sautin, AFP)

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza delivering a speech at Maputo's Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre. (Stephane de Sautin, AFP)

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Maputo - Mozambique President Armando Guebuza on Monday sacked his prime minister in a cabinet reshuffle that saw five ministers and four provincial governors axed amid uncertainty over who will be his successor.

In a statement the presidency said Prime Minister Aires Ali - who was once a favourite to succeed Guebuza - and the minister of education were among those to get the chop.

Alberto Vaquina, governor of the coal-rich province of Tete was named new prime minster.

Guebuza was elected unopposed to head ruling party Frelimo for a third term three weeks ago, raising speculation about who will run for the southern African country's presidency in 2014 polls.

Guebuza has repeatedly said he would abide by the laws which forbid him a third term as head of state.

The surprise reshuffle, is the first major change in government since violent food riots in September 2010, when critics accused Frelimo of widespread corruption and nepotism.

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