Arsenia Felicidade Felix Massingue

Mozambique: president Nyusi appoints first female interior minister

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has appointed Arsenia Felicidade Felix Massingue as the country’s first female interior minister and Cristóvão Artur Chume as national defence minister.

The previous ministers in charge of defence and interior security were both sacked this week.

Mr Chume is a major-general noted for commanding the forces that recovered many towns, including Mocimboa da Praia in the jihadist-hit Cabo Delgado province.

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Ms Massingue who has also worked in the past as the provincial police commander in Inhambane, Manica and Nampula provinces, is expected to use her experience in government to tackle the many challenges faced by her predecessor, including terrorism, corruption and kidnappings.

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