Dlakama blasts ruling party

2009-12-23 08:13

Maputo - Mozambique's main opposition leader says the long-governing party is so entrenched through fraud, the only way he can get power is to share it.

In an interview on Tuesday, Afonso Dhlakama called for a coalition, and for nationwide protests against this year's election results.

Dhlakama will likely find it difficult to rally support.

On October 28, President Armando Guebuza easily won a second term and his Frelimo, in power since independence from Portugal in 1975, swept parliamentary voting. The results were to be officially validated on Monday, despite repeated accusations of fraud from Dhlakama's Renamo.

Foreign observers deemed voting free and fair, despite concerns Frelimo used its entrenched position to overwhelm rivals during campaigning.