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Angola, Mozambique and Brazil at the inauguration of the President of South Africa

The heads of state of Mozambique and Angola will be at the solemn inauguration ceremony of the elected President of South Africa, this Wednesday, in the capital Pretoria, a source from the South African presidency told Lusa.


"Mozambique and Angola will be present at the level of heads of state", said spokesperson Vincent Magwenya.

A source from the Mozambican presidency told Lusa that Filipe Nyusi will be accompanied by the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Gonçalves.

The South African President's spokesperson, Cyril Ramaphosa, told Lusa that Brazil will send the Minister of Racial Equality, Anielle Franco.

Under the motto “Thirty years of Democracy, Partnership, and Growth”, the event will take place at the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African Government, in Pretoria, and will be attended by 18 heads of State and Government, as well as former -presidents and delegations from various countries, according to the Presidency of the South African Republic.

Among the countries that will be represented at the highest level are the kingdoms of Eswatini and Lesotho, the Republics of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Tanzania and Uganda, the People's Republic of China, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State of Palestine and the Republic of Cuba, whose vice-president, Salvador Mesa, is already in the African country.

Several South African monarchies, members of parliament, political parties, trade union, business and civil society leaders will also participate, as well as religious and South African leaders who have distinguished themselves in various areas of the country's life, and representatives of international organizations and bodies regions, such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).

The swearing-in of President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa for a second five-year term will be conducted by presiding judge Raymond Zondo.

The presidency said that, during the event, the South African National Defense Forces (SADF) will perform a 21-gun salute, accompanied by an Air Force flight, as well as a military parade.

The day's program will begin with a cultural event in the gardens of the Union Buildings at 9 am, he highlighted.

Cyril Ramaphosa, 71, will begin his second presidential term, following the electoral victory of his party, the African National Congress (ANC), a party in power since the end of 'apartheid' in 1994.

Although it was the party with the most votes in the elections held on May 29, the country's seventh general election, the ANC lost its absolute majority in parliament for the first time in 30 years, after obtaining 40.18 percent of the vote, electing 159 deputies for the National Assembly, 71 fewer seats than he had achieved in 2019, when he obtained 57.5 percent of the votes.

Ramaphosa's inauguration precedes the formation of a Government of National Unity (GUN), a model announced last week by the leader of the ANC, which is expected to include members of four opposition parties announced so far: Democratic Alliance (DA), the main force opposition, Inkatha Free Party (IFP), GOOD, and the Patriotic Alliance (AP).


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