Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Renamo boycotts parliament
Mozambique’s major opposition party, Renamo, walked out of parliament on Tuesday in protest over an ad hoc committee set up to consider constitutional amendments. The opposition party objects to the existence of the committee on the grounds that it is costing the tax-payer 20 million meticais (about US$ 650 000) and it is still unclear what constitutional amendments the committee will be considering. The ruling-party dominated committee has responded that it will be accepting proposals for constitutional amendments from all political parties, private groups and the general public. It is unclear what has prompted the decision to consider amendments to the country’s constitution.