Former radio announcer, aged 47, vies for Mozambique’s presidency.

Former radio announcer, aged 47, vies for Mozambique’s presidency.

Mozambique’s long-standing ruling party, known for tradition, has taken a surprising turn by selecting Daniel Francisco Chapo, aged 47, as its preferred candidate for the 2024 presidential elections. This decision breaks from the norm of appointing older candidates or extending the terms of longstanding leaders. Notably, former FRELIMO Secretary General, Roquel Silva, has withdrawn from the race, paving the way for Hon Chapo’s candidacy.

If successful, Daniel Francisco Chapo would be one of Africa’s youngest leaders, a departure from the usual trend of older political figures assuming such roles. His predecessor, President Nyusi, is 65 years old. Daniel Francisco Chapo, a former political science lecturer and radio presenter, currently serves as a regional governor in Mozambique. His nomination marks the first time a FRELIMO presidential candidate was born after independence.

In contrast, Mozambique’s main opposition party, RENAMO, is yet to name its candidate for the presidential election. The country’s constitution bars President Nyusi from running for a third term, ensuring a new leadership direction for Mozambique come October 9th.

Mozambique operates as a multiparty parliamentary democracy, with the last municipal elections seeing FRELIMO secure a significant victory, winning 64 out of 65 local authorities. Notably, in Southern Africa, Namibia’s President H.E Mbumba, aged 82, holds the title of the region’s oldest head of state, while Africa’s oldest leader is President Paul Biya of Cameroon, aged 91.

Tapiwa Rubaya

Tapiwa Rubaya is the current affairs, fashion and sports reporter at My Afrika Magazine.

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