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24 April 2012

Mozambique: Post-War Socio-Economic and Political Challenges

Woman pumps water in Lhate Village, Mozambique, courtesy ILRI/flickr
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A woman pumps water in Lhate Village, Chokwe, Mozambique

This paper critically analyzes the socio-economic and political challenges facing Mozambique against the backdrop of unprecedented popular uprisings in North Africa, themselves inspired by socio-economic stresses. Many observers are wondering whether there is a potential for contagion into sub-Saharan Africa of this North African wind of popular demands for change. To this end, the author examines the roles of Mozambique’s main political players, the dynamics in the political arena, and the socioeconomic and political challenges faced by the country. Mozambique’s recent history is also briefly examined to put the analysis of current events and processes into an historical context.

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Rafael Shikhani

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