Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:56 am
Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party and its candidate Filipe Nyusi won this month’s presidential and legislative elections, according to provisional results released on Friday, with votes counted from all provinces.
The initial full results of the Oct. 15 vote will still need to be ratified by the Constitutional Court before becoming official and final.
Frelimo, which has ruled Mozambique since its independence in 1975, also maintained its majority in the 250-seat parliament, but was expected to end up with some 50 seats fewer than it won in 2009 elections.
Nyusi, 55, an engineer and veteran administrator of Mozambique’s state railways, was selected by the ruling party as its candidate to succeed President Armando Guebuza, who is barred by the constitution from serving a third term.
Renamo, the main opposition party, and its candidate, former civil war rebel leader Dhlakama, have alleged widespread fraud and irregularities, including ballot stuffing and pro-Frelimo bias and intimidation from the police and state media.