Frelimo re-elected in Mozambique

2009-11-12 10:33

PRESIDENT Armando Guebuza of Mozambique won a landslide re-election

with 75% of the vote, election officials said today.

“The National Elections Commission announces that citizen Armando

Emilio Guebuza has been re-elected president of the Republic of Mozambique for a

period of five years,” the commission’s chief Joao Leopoldo da Costa told

reporters, after the vote on October 28.

In the parliamentary race, Guebuza’s Frelimo increased its majority

from 160 seats to 191 seats in the 250-member legislature.

The race for second place – closely watched in the wake of a recent

opposition split – was won by long-time opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama,

leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, which took 16.5% of the vote.

Daviz Simango, founder of the breakaway Democratic Movement of

Mozambique (MDM), was in third place with 8.6%. The new party managed only eight

seats in Parliament, against 51 for Renamo.

This was Mozambique’s fourth national poll since a 16-year civil

war between Renamo and the Frelimo government ended after the establishment of

multi-party democracy in 1994.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa today congratulated Guebuza on

his re-election, hailing the “excellent, historic and neighbourly relations”

between the neighbouring countries and their citizens.

“It is furthermore my profound wish that these warm and close ties

will continue to prosper during your new term of office,” said Zuma in a

statement.


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