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Vol 55 No 21

Published 24th October 2014


Mozambique

Fraud claims taint Frelimo win

Early signs indicate a landslide for the ruling party, but claims of rigging are growing and there is serious potential for unrest

Frente de Libertação de Moçambique members in Maputo are already celebrating victory in the general election, even though the formal results are not due for several days. The opposition, however, and several independent local media and non-governmental organisations are already crying 'foul'. Sources close to Frelimo told Africa Confidential that on polling day there was internal disagreement in Frelimo over what percentage the party should 'win' by. Some were pushing for 62%, while others argued this margin would not be believed, and 52% would be more acceptable. Even if this talk was mere bluster, evidence of electoral fraud and obstruction of voters and observers intensified throughout polling day.

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