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Mozambique: International Observers Raise Concerns Over Oct. 15 Election

1 MIN READOct 18, 2019 | 16:15 GMT

What Happened: International election observers have raised concerns over the conduct of Mozambique's Oct. 15 vote amid reports of violence that influenced the election and at least 300,000 "ghost voters" who cast ballots in the southern Gaza province, among other irregularities, AP reported Oct. 17.

Why It Matters: Reports of irregularities are unlikely to prompt external powers, such as the European Union, to intervene. However, potential violations could upend the country's peace process between the government and the Mozambique National Resistance Movement (Renamo), after the group's leader said he wouldn't accept any "manipulated results."

Background: In recent years, Mozambican elections have been plagued by widespread violence, both before and after polls, due to political infighting and Renamo's attempts to expand its influence.

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