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Simango to run for president

2009-06-08 09:26

Maputo - The new Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) on Sunday backed its leader Daviz Simango to stand in a presidential election on October 28, a spokesperson said.

The MDM approved Simango at a party convention in Nampula, northeast Mozambique, said party spokesperson Geraldo Carvalho.

Simango is "a young man who brings much hope for the development of Mozambique, for inclusive governance, participatory governance, in a way that will consecrate the MDM's slogan, 'Mozambique for all'," Carvalho said.

The MDM leader broke away from main opposition Renamo party last September after its leadership chose not to nominate him for re-election as mayor of Beira, Mozambique's second city.

He ran as an independent and defeated his old party in a city traditionally considered a stronghold.

Frelimo, the party that has ruled Mozambique since independence in 1975, has already nominated President Armando Guebuza to stand for re-election.

Guebuza won with 64% of the vote in 2004. Analysts say it would be a longshot for either Simango or long-time Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama to defeat him.

Campaigning will officially begin on September 13, according to the calendar set by Mozambique's national elections commission.