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A subtle autocracy

Manipulating election results allows the Mozambican government to claim that it presides over a democracy

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. A report published by the NGO the Centre for Public Integrity yesterday has the unambiguous title “25 years of electoral fraud, protected by secrecy”. The report finds that every single election in Mozambique since 1999 (and quite possibly the very first multi-party elections in 1994 too) have been marred by fraud in favour of ruling party Frelimo, which in many cases may have changed the outcome.

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Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. Notícias leads with the return of a new labour law to the Council of Ministers for amendment before its implementation tomorrow; unions awaiting economic results; the Tax Authority’s investment into a project to remotely monitor the country’s borders; and an initiative to deliver 12,000 bikes to girls around the country to ensure access to education. Weekly Magazine Independente features a story on state-owned airline LAM’s recent troubles titled “LAM at risk of crashing”, followed by a story on opposition parties’ seeking clarification on the powers of electoral courts. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media each week day 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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