Mozambique polls: ruling party ahead

2014-10-17 13:42
Voters produce identity documents as they go through the voting process at a polling station, in Maputo, Mozambique. (Ferhat Momade, AP)

Voters produce identity documents as they go through the voting process at a polling station, in Maputo, Mozambique. (Ferhat Momade, AP)

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Maputo - Early returns from elections in the southern African country of Mozambique show the ruling party candidate for the presidency with a comfortable lead.

Election officials say Felipe Nyusi, Mozambique's defence minister and the Frelimo party candidate, had 63% of the vote after counts at almost a quarter of 17 000 polling stations.

The results released on Thursday night show that Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the main opposition party known as Renamo, is second with nearly 30% of the vote. Daviz Simango, leader of a newer party called the Mozambique Democratic Movement, is third with 7.5%.

Mozambique voted on Wednesday.

After independence from Portugal, Frelimo and Renamo fought a civil war until a peace deal in 1992. The discovery of large gas and coal reserves in Mozambique has attracted international investment.

Read more on:    frelimo  |  renamo  |  afonso dhlakama  |  filipe nyusi  |  mozambique  |  southern africa  |  mozambique elections 2014

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