MAPUTO – Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi has been re-elected with 73 percent of the vote in recent presidential elections, the National Electoral Commission announced Sunday, despite the opposition’s claims of fraud.
Ossufo Momade, leader the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), the main opposition party, got 21.88 percent of the vote, the electoral commission head Abdul Carimo announced Sunday.
The leader of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique, Daviz Simango, got as little as 4.38 percent of the vote in the elections held on 15 October.
The presidential, parliamentary elections and local elections should have helped to consolidate the fragile peace agreement signed in August by Nyusi and Momade.
August’s deal was the third to be signed since the end of the civil war (1977-1992), which left one million dead.
Many analysts, however, fear that armed conflict may break out again given Renamo’s refusal to accept the results, which he considered “the biggest fraud ever seen in Mozambique and in the world.”
Nyusi’s governing Mozambique Liberation Front, in power since the African country gained its independence from Portugal in 1975, won in all provinces, including the opposition’s strongholds such as Nampula.
Although the election day did not witness major incidents, the electoral observation mission from the European Union, among other entities, denounced irregularities in the voter registration, as well as difficulties 3,000 observers faced in being accredited.
August’s peace agreement included the disarmament and reintegration of the Mozambique Liberation Front’s RENAMO, an armed wing of the governing party, but these terms have yet to be implemented.
While these changes remain un-implemented there is a chance violence could break out as already happened after Nyusi emerged victorious in the 2014 elections.
“If the results were manipulated we could never accept it and we will be ready to do whatever the people ask us. A citizen was discovered with(false) ballots. That is not a democracy, (and) that was what caused military hostilities in the past,” Momade said.