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A test for Mozambique’s democracy

Real power-sharing is difficult for the ruling party to swallow, but is the only sustainable outcome in the long term

Voters queue for their turn at the ballot box in Maputo today. Photo © Tom Gould / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Voting is happening in all Mozambique’s major towns and cities today, with reports so far in line with expectations and past experience. Some attempts to tamper with the vote have been uncovered; but in most places, voting is taking place in an orderly manner.

Also today: Our detailed report on the Mocímboa da Praia port rehabilitation; Nyusi warns not to take Rwandan troops for granted; Turkish cement plants accused of polluting Maputo air

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mocímboa da Praia gets ready for gas restart
A private company managing the Mocímboa port is banking on being able to attract business from the energy sector to recoup its $7.5m investment to rehabilitate the port and increase its capacity

From the Zitamar Live Blog:

Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Mozambique goes to the polls today for the 2023 municipal elections. Long lines were seen forming this morning in central Maputo, Maxaquene and Mafalala. Read Zitamar’s guide to the elections here. Allegations of ballot stuffing are already circulating on social media, especially in Zambézia provin…

The election authorities have promised results within three days, with preliminary results and a parallel count due as early as tonight; so we should know pretty soon whether these elections will move Mozambique further towards being a one-party state, or whether there is hope for plural democracy.

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