Filipe Nyusi sworn in as Mozambique's new president

Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-1-15 18:28:56

Filipe Nyusi was sworn in as Mozambique's new president on Thursday in the country's capital city Maputo.

Nyusi, who will lead the country for the coming five years, was sworn in by the chairman of Mozambique Constitutional Council, Hermegildo Gamito, at a ceremony witnessed by thousands of Mozambicans and hundreds of foreign dignitaries at the Independence Square.

In his first speech as president, Nyusi acknowledged that he will be open to every political party for a constructive dialogue, and that he will take into consideration the deeds of the former president to build a much stronger nation.

The sworn-in ceremony comes at a moment when Mozambique is undergoing a flood disaster that is affecting 19,000 families in the central and northern regions of the country, and a food- poisoning tragedy that killed 73 people in Tete province.

Nyusi sent comfort messages saying his government will reinforce the support that is already under provision to mitigate the effects.

He said he will continue with the dynamism of former president Guebuza in building more infrastructures for the development of the country, investing in education by improving learning system, reducing distance house-school for pupils.

"You can be sure that I will do everything so that between Mozambicans there are no disagreements but the way around," said the new president.

The new government will promote the training of Mozambicans to create job opportunities and that it will continue investing in traditional sectors such as agriculture, fishing, in order to create wealth to reach inclusive development, according to Nyusi.

"We want Mozambique to continue as a reference as one of the world's countries that continue with positive economic growth," said the president.

The Mozambican population is expected to reach 33 million by 2015. "There is a need to create conditions for those yet to come in the sectors of housing, education and jobs," Nyusi said.

The new president said the future government will have a simple structure practical focused in promoting justice, working government that will look to reduce cost.

The new government, according to Nyusi, will be announced in the coming days and the president said he expect them to be intolerant against corruption, and that it will demand efficiency, transparency, impartiality in order to serve better the nation.

Among the dignitaries attending the inauguration ceremony are Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, South African President Jacob Zuma, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy, Justice Minister Wu Aiying, also attended the inauguration.

The 56-year-old Nyusi is the winner of last October's presidential election. He is the fourth president of Mozambique since the southern African country's independence in 1975.

Nyusi have served as defense minister from 2008 to early 2014, and was elected as the ruling Frelimo's presidential candidate at the end of last February, to replace incumbent president Armando Guebuza.

Born in the northern province of Cabo Delgado which borders with Tanzania, Nyusi joined the then Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) in 1973 when he was only 14 years old, and received politico-military training in Nachingwea guerrilla training center, in Tanzania.

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