By Mateus Chale
Maputo - New Mozambique President Armando Guebuza named his cabinet on Thursday, a day after taking over from Joaquim Chissano, pledging to move with speed to tackle widespread poverty in the southern African country.
Guebuza's team of 22 ministers are stalwarts of the ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo), five retained from the government of Chissano - who turned Mozambique from civil war instability to an African success story.
At his inauguration on Wednesday, Guabuza said he would name a team that understood how to tackle the problems Mozambique faced - poverty, crime, corruption and HIV and Aids - and wanted them to inject urgency in tackling the problems.
On Thursday, Guebuza made economist Manuel Chang, a long-serving deputy minister under Chissano, his finance minister. Chang, 50, succeeded Luisa Diogo who was kept in her other role as prime minister, a largely ceremonial post.