Mozambique. In September, Sweden demanded just over SEK
3.5 million. of Mozambique's Ministry of Education, after an
audit of aid paid showed that the money was used
incorrectly. Despite the shortcomings in aid management, the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a US $ 16.6
million loan for budget support until 2006.
Despite relatively high inflation of close to 14% in
2003, Mozambique was considered to have managed its economy
well by managed to reduce the proportion of poor residents
from close to 70% in 1996 to 54% in 2002. GDP was projected
to increase by more than 8% in 2004.
CountryAAH, the total population in Mozambique is 31,255,446 people in 2020. Mozambique's biggest political scandal took a new turn in
May, when Anibal Antonio dos Santos, alias Anibalzinho,
succeeded in escaping from prison where he served a 28-year
sentence for the 2000 murder of journalist Carlos Cardoso.
He was murdered when he investigated a major banking scandal
with suspicious links high up in the political leadership.
There were strong suspicions that Anibalzinho was helped to
leave the prison, after which he managed to get to Canada.
Upon extradition, he was to face a new trial in Mozambique.
In February, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi resigned to
take up a new post at an international healthcare program.
He was succeeded by 46-year-old Finance Minister Luísa Dias
Diogo, Mozambique's first female prime minister. The
appointment of her meant a historic generation shift; she
became the first high-level leader to not participate in the
liberation war against the Portuguese colonial army.
In the presidential elections in early December, the
ruling party won Frelimo's candidate Armando Guebuza by a
large margin. In the parliamentary elections, Frelimo
received 160 of the 250 seats. Foreign observers complained
about many inaccuracies but judged that the result still
reflected the will of the people. However, the opposition
party Renamo demanded re-election and threatened to boycott
Parliament. Guebuza succeeds Joaquim Chissano, who had to
step down after 18 years as president.