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Vol 41 No 3

Published 4th February 2000


Mozambique

Falling out, falling in

The government is doing well but the opposition's problems are growing

After four years of startling growth, Mozambique is set to be the world's fastest growing economy this year (according to the Economist Intelligence Unit). Moreover, the presidential and parliamentary elections on 3-5 December were rated as free and, mostly, fair. President Joaquim Chissano was sworn in again on 15 January, having won 52.3 per cent of the presidential vote against 47.7 for his rival, Afonso Dhlakama; in the voting for the national assembly, Chissano's ruling Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo) scored 48 per cent and took 133 of the 250 seats.

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