Mozambique tense after problem-riddled elections

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Incumbent Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi is tipped to retain power
following divisive polls in Mozambique.
Preliminary results after Tuesday’s vote indicated the leader of the
Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) was ahead of closest
rivals, Ossufo Momade and Daviz Simango.
The Joint Electoral Observation Platform projected a landslide victory
for Nyusi, with 72 percent of the vote.
Momade, leader of the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo), is placed
second with 21 percent.
Simango, leader of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), is tipped to clinch 5,8
percent of the presidential election.
“This data is in line with the projections which are being shared by the
press,” Felicidade Chirindza, Joint Electoral Observation Platform
spokesperson, said in Maputo on Thursday.
Tension has gripped Mozambique ahead of the announcement of results in
the upcoming days.
Allegations of vote-rigging have marred the election and put to test a
peace agreement signed by longtime rivals Frelimo and Renamo.
A private poll observer was murdered on the eve of Mozambique’s
election, allegedly by police.
The insurgency by Islamists groups disrupted elections in the northern
Cabo Delgado province.
Momade said his party would reject the results of a rigged election.
“If these are manipulated results, we can never accept them,” he said
after voting in the northern province of Nampula.
Nyusi won 57 percent of another contentious poll in 2014.
The then-leader of Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama (now deceased), claimed the
election was fraudulent.
This widened the rift with the Frelimo-led government, resulting in
sporadic attacks by militants in Renamo’s ranks.
Relations between the rivals have been strained since independence from
Portugal in 1975.

– CAJ News

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