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11 Nov 2009 17:38
Mozambique’s President Armando Guebuza won a landslide re-election with 75% of the vote, election officials said on Wednesday.
“The National Elections Commission announces that citizen Armando Emilio Guebuza has been re-elected president of the republic of Mozambique for a period of five years,” the commission’s chief Joao Leopoldo da Costa told reporters.
In the parliamentary race, Guebuza’s Frelimo increased its majority from 160 seats to 191 seats in the 250-member legislature.
The race for second place—closely watched in the wake of a recent opposition split—was won by long-time opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, who
took 16,5% of the vote.
Daviz Simango, founder of the breakaway Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), was in third place with 8,6%. The new party took only eight seats in Parliament, against 51 for Renamo.
The October 28 vote was Mozambique’s fourth national poll since a 16-year civil war between Renamo and the Frelimo government ended
in the establishment of multi-party democracy in 1994.
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