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Renamo votes for more of the same

The party is destined to perform badly again under Ossufo Momade

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

Good afternoon. The re-election of Ossufo Momade as leader of main opposition party Renamo confirms what this newsletter argued last month: that the party does not really want to win October’s elections. Momade packed the congress with his supporters from Zambézia and Nampula provinces, which helped secure his re-election, although he must have had support from other parts of the country too. For those supporters, loyalty to Momade comes before picking a leader who can appeal to a majority of Mozambicans. Today it was confirmed that Momade will also be Renamo’s candidate for president of Mozambique in October.

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Ossufo Momade has been nominated as opposition party Renamo’s candidate for Mozambique’s presidential election in October, after being relected party leader last night. At the party’s Congress, being held in the Zambézia town of Alto Molócue, Momade won an absolute majority of votes in a poll for the party leadership conducted yesterday evening, with the results announced at 04:00 this morning. His closest challenger was Elias Dhlakama brother of former leader the late Afonso Dhlakama. The party’s National Council, whose members were elected by Congress delegates, today voted for Momade to be Renamo’s candidate for president at October’s elections. Venâncio Mondlane, who has publicly challenged the leadership of Ossufo Momade, was excluded from the ballot for leadership of the party, and told media he is now considering his options, including possibly leaving Renamo.

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