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Title:Mozambique: Creating a New Legal System
Authors:Isaacman, Allen F.ISNI
Isaacman, BarbaraISNI
Periodical:Africa Report
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:judicial system
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
Abstract:When Mozambique became independent on June 25, 1975, it inherited a repressive legal system. Even before Frelimo had assumed power, its experience in the northern liberated zones had convinced the leadership that it would not be sufficient merely to Africanise or Mozambicanise the existing state's apparatus. The colonial state, including police, judges, lawyers, and laws, had to be dismantled and replaced with new institutions designed to serve the interests of the Mozambican people within an emerging socialist context. Sufficient time has since elapsed to make a preliminary assessment of the extent to which the new government has achieved these objectives and to identify the problems that have yet to be overcome. Map, photogr.