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Meet the Leader: H.E. Joaquim Chissano

Meet the Leader: H.E. Joaquim Chissano

Interview with H.E. Joaquim Chissano, Former President of Mozambique

Date: January 05, 2017

Guest: H.E. Joaquim Chissano

This episode of Meet the Leader features former president of the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Joaquim Chissano, sharing the political history of the country, his personal experiences as head of state, as well as how the challenges of Transition and change were handled within Mozambique.

H.E. Joaquim Chissano

Former President of the Republic of Mozambique

President Joaquim Chissano devoted 40 years of his life to carving a stable, independent Mozambique from a former Portuguese colonial backwater. H.E. Chissano is responsible for Mozambique's foreign policy of political nonalignment, which earned him firm friendships with both western and Marxist regimes and enabled him to replace neighboring South Africa's hostility with constructive cooperation. An articulate leader who is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Swahili, H.E. Chissano maintains a deliberately understated profile. He piloted Mozambique through the transition from a Communist to a capitalist ideology, won his country's first and second multiparty elections, and made history by deciding not to run for his final term in office.