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Vol 50 No 22

Published 6th November 2009


Mozambique

A dominant party – not a one-party state

Accusations of bias and irregularities tarnish the success of Frelimo in national elections and may prompt cuts in investment and aid

The decisive re-election of President Armando Guebuza on 27 October delivered all that the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique wanted: victory with over 75% of the vote in presidential and parliamentary polls. This is a much bigger margin than any of the three previous elections since multiparty politics was introduced in 1990 and gives Guebuza the power to change the constitution. Frelimo's grip over the country is now total: it holds pluralities in all eleven provinces and nearly all opposition strongholds have fallen. It will control 192 of 248 seats in Parliament and all of the newly created provincial councils. It already held all but one of the elected city councils, with nearly all seats in many of them.

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