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Falcons against doves in the elections aftermath

The courts are centre stage in the battle for election results, which will hopefully help keep violence at bay

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

Good afternoon. As public concern increases over the evidence of widespread fraud and wrongdoing in last week’s local elections, in the background the main political forces are divided by their internal conflicts on how to handle the final outcome of the election results. In this, the courts are in the centre of the battle.

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The anti-riot police UIR fired tear gas at hundreds of participants on a march called by Renamo in Maputo today to repudiate election results. The tear gas was fired at 1:15pm in Coop neighborhood of Maputo city, when the group, which includes Renamo leader Ossufo Momade and the party’s mayoral can…
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Wednesday’s electoral process was marred by electoral offences, which worsened when the results were tallied at the polling stations, the spokesman for the election authority CNE admitted this afternoon. Paulo Cuinica said that it was up to the competent bodies such as the district courts and the c…

As we reported yesterday, Ossufo Momade, leader of main opposition party Renamo, is under pressure from his candidates who claim they won the elections in the four most important urban cities in Mozambique — Maputo, Matola, Quelimane and Nampula — as well as the municipalities of Nacala, Angoche, Mozambique Island, Chiure, Cuamba, Moatize, Vilanculo and Marracuene.

Momade’s announcement on Sunday that Renamo would not go back to its warlike past, but would hold demonstrations in 48 hours’ time (which at the time of writing are ongoing) was based on a plan to go through the official channels and demand answers to the party’s complaints of malpractice. It came as lieutenants like Venâncio Mondale were threatening to tear apart the headquarters of the state electoral bodies.

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