Mozambican government to propose increasing compulsory military service to five years

The Mozambican government will ask the parliament to increase the length of compulsory military service from two to five years, the spokesman for the Council of Ministers, Filimão Suaze, announced.
Suaze said that the change aims to adapt to the “political and socio-economic challenges imposed on the military institution today.
The extension of the time for compulsory military service will also allow for better use of the investments that the state has made in the Armed Defence Forces of Mozambique (FADM), added the spokesman for the Council of Ministers. For the new deadline to come into force, the Assembly of the Republic will have to make an amendment to the Law on Compulsory Military Service.
Cabo Delgado province has been facing an armed insurgency for five years with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State. The insurgency has led to a military response since July 2021 with support from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), liberating districts near gas projects, but new waves of attacks have emerged south of the region and in neighboring Nampula province.
The conflict has left one million people displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and about 4,000 dead, according to the ACLED conflict registration project.