9 July 2014

Mozambique: Attorney-General Resigns

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Wednesday relieved Attorney-General Augusto Paulino of his duties, at his own request.

The brief statement from Guebuza's office said that Paulino had offered his resignation for reasons of health. Paulino had been Attorney-General since 2007, and was widely regarded as the most efficient and credible Attorney-General in the country's history.

Paulino will not be departing from the legal stage. Last year he was appointed to the Supreme Court, but could not take up this position while he was still Attorney-General.

Guebuza has appointed an experienced prosecutor, Beatriz Buchili, as the new Attorney-General. Buchili, who holds a master's degree in law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, joined the Public Prosecutor's Office in 1994, as a district attorney.

She was chief prosecutor in Cabo Delgado province from 2001 to 2005, and then held the same post in Sofala from 2008 to 2011.

In 2011, she was promoted to the post of Deputy Assistant Attorney General, attached to the Higher Court of Appeal in Maputo. At the same time, she was appointed General Secretary of the Attorney-General's Office.

Later in 2011 Guebuza appointed her as one of the Assistant Attorney-Generals.

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