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Renamo doesn’t want to win

The party has a historic opportunity to look like a winner at the October elections, but its activists have thrown it away

Good afternoon. As we reported yesterday, the National Council of opposition party Renamo drew up rules for its leadership election at the weekend, which would have the effect of excluding Venâncio Mondlane, who has been seeking to challenge party leader Ossufo Momade for the leadership. In effectively rejecting Mondlane, Renamo has given up its best chance of winning the presidential election in October. Its decision speaks to a fundamental tension within the party.

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