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Renamo is down, but not out

The opposition party is facing a threat from Venâncio Mondlane, but not extinction

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

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Renamo is down but not out

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Good afternoon. Are we facing the “end of Renamo”, to borrow a phrase used (but not endorsed) by the newssheet Mediafax today? Manuel de Araújo, mayor of the city of Quelimane and one of the opposition party’s leading figures, denies it. But it is clear that the party has a major problem on its hands after its member of parliament Venâncio Mondlane, one of Mozambique’s most charismatic politicians, defected to become presidential candidate for the Democratic Alliance Coalition (CAD), having failed to persuade Renamo to elect him leader. 

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