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Vol 45 No 25

Published 17th December 2004


Mozambique

Guebuza's day

Frelimo has won a huge but tarnished victory in this month's elections

The result was not quite what Mozambique's young, post-war generation would have hoped for. President-elect Armando Emilio Guebuza, poised to succeed Joaquim Chissano after the elections on 2-3 December, quickly lived up to his hard-line reputation by stamping his mark on a remarkable victory for the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo). Frelimo had tight organisation, a grip on the state apparatus, boundless belief in its right to rule and a determination to achieve that end by any means necessary.

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