Moz pres meets opposition

2015-02-07 18:21
President Filipe Nyusi hold aloft the constitution. (Sergio Costa, AFP)

President Filipe Nyusi hold aloft the constitution. (Sergio Costa, AFP)

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Maputo - Mozambique's new president Filipe Nyusi on Saturday met the country's opposition leader for the first time since taking power in a bid to calm a vote dispute that has led to threats of a parallel government.

It was the first time the two met face-to-face since Nyusi took the reins of power last month.

Opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama told reporters that he was "very satisfied" with the meeting with "my brother, the president". Nyusi only said the meeting was "good".

Renamo chief Dhlakama, who claims the October elections which brought the Frelimo party back to power had been fraudulent, boycotted Nyusi's inauguration ceremony and his party shunned the opening of parliament.

But after the talks held at a Maputo hotel, Dhlakama said his lawmakers would take up their seats in parliament "very shortly".


He has threatened to form a parallel government in parts of the country where his party came out top in the election.

Dhlakama has disputed the outcome of every election since 1990, and in the months leading up to the October poll led a low-level insurgency against the government from his bush hideout.

But the October poll showed his popularity is growing again - he took 37% of the vote, more than double his 2009 score.

Nyusi won 57%, sharply down on the 75% garnered by his predecessor.

Nyusi had at his swearing-in ceremony pledged "to open constructive dialogue" with all political forces in a country that was ravaged by a brutal 16-year civil war that ended in 1992.

The talks will resume within days, said Dhlakama.

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