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Joaquim Chissano: Democrat among the despots
by Claire Soares

The Independent    Translate This Article
30 October 2007

On 30 October 2007 The Independent reported: Joaquim Chissano, the former President of Mozambique, and the first recipient of the prestigious Achievement in African Leadership award, credits much of his leadership success to the practice of Transcendental Meditation. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of government.

The Independent reported, 'Mr Chissano is living proof that power doesn't have to go to the head. Perhaps his zen comes from the Transcendental Meditation he is said to practise.'

The article stated, 'Indeed, in literature published by devotees of guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Mr Chissano is quoted as saying: ''First, I started the practice of transcendental meditation myself, then introduced the practice to my close family, my cabinet of ministers, my government officers and my military. The result has been political peace and balance in nature in my country.'' '

The Achievement in African Leadership award includes $5 million in prize money—the world's largest individual award.

The Independent quoted Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian minister and panel judge, as saying, 'What I love is his unobtrusiveness, his simplicity, his humility. He does not barge in forcefully, he does not surround himself with a huge entourage. Some people, especially heads of state, are so self-important. But with Chissano, you would hardly remember this is an ex-president—and that's good.'

The Independent reported, 'Under the stewardship of Mr Chissano, the country achieved an average rate of economic growth of around eight percent. Between 1997 and 2003, almost three million people were rescued from extreme poverty, out of a total population of almost 20 million. That led to a 35 per cent decrease in the number of children dying under the age of five, and an increase of 65 per cent in the number of children going to primary school.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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