FRELIMO Balances Keep President Guebuza in Check
Party congress secures power sharing
FRELIMO’s party congress a month ago was a reminder that Mozambique’s ruling party is still relatively democratic, broad-based, and not completely predictable.
The party structure looks very similar to that of European parties, with local party offices and grassroots activists providing social services and getting out the vote.
The new central committee reflects a view inside the party that the elite has been building up too much wealth and power.
Armando Guebuza remains the most powerful man in Mozambique. But the FRELIMO party made clear that his power is checked. Indeed, the Congress showed the party setting limits on the political and economic power of the elites.