MAPUTO, The Political Commission of Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo Party has decided by acclamation to propose President Filipe Nyusi for a second term as president of the party.

The vote will be held at Frelimo’s 11th Congress, due to begin on Sept 26 in the southern city of Matola.

The Political Commission, the party’s most powerful organ, justified its decision Wednesday on the grounds that Frelimo must remain a strong, dynamic party, which promotes national unity, peace, dialogue and structural and institutional changes. This concern imposes continuity in the leadership of society and of the Mozambican State.

The resolution from the Commission praised Nyusi for his role in the positive results that can be seen in Mozambique’s economic recovery and in the search for effective peace.

The Commission also lauded Nyusi’s presidential visits around the country which were promoting the spirit of self-esteem and of work, seeking to increase production and productivity, which is indispensable for overcoming poverty.

The Political Commission said it was proud to have Comrade Filipe Nyusi as helmsman of this historic, experienced, vanguard and popular party, and so would present Nyusi to the Congress as its candidate to lead the party for the next five years.

This does not necessarily mean that Nyusi will be unopposed. Other delegates to the Congress can propose alternative candidates, but with the entire top Frelimo leadership backing Nyusi that seems rather unlikely.

Nyusi’s rise to prominence has been meteoric. He was not elected to the Frelimo Central Committee until 2012. Two years later he was the Frelimo candidate for the 2014 presidential election, even though his only previous government experience was as defence minister, from 2008.