Simango sure of election win

2009-06-06 18:22

Maputo - After successfully launching his bid for the presidential race ahead of the October 28 elections, Mayor of Beira, Daviz Simango, is confident that his party will win up to 100 parliamentary seats in the forthcoming general elections.

According to an interview published in the weekly Verdade newspaper, Simango, who heads the country's new opposition party, the Mozambican Democratic Movement (MDM), said he could win between 50 and 100 seats in the October parliamentary elections.

Mozambique's national parliament has 250 seats.

Currently, the ruling Frelimo has 160 seats while a coalition of parties aligned to Renamo has the remaining 90 seats.

Simango who was fired from Renamo in September 2008 for deciding to stand as an independent in the November 2008 local government elections has since attracted four parliamentarians from Renamo.

The parliamentarians who resigned their seats alleged they were disgruntled by the "dictatorial tendencies" of Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.