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Mozambique: Opposition Renamo Calls for New Elections

1 MIN READOct 19, 2019 | 21:17 GMT

What Happened: Mozambique's main opposition party called for an election do-over on Oct 19, citing widespread fraud and voter intimidation during the country's Oct. 15 presidential and parliamentary elections, AP reported.

Why It Matters: Preliminary results indicate an overwhelming electoral victory by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and the ruling Frelimo party. In calling for the cancellation of this week's election results, the Mozambique National Resistance Movement (Renamo) accused Frelimo of violating the August peace deal between the two sides, raising fears of renewed hostilities between the two parties.

Background: Mozambique's election is seen as a test of the peace deal between the government and Renamo. International election observers noted numerous irregularities during this week's voting.

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