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The backlash begins

There has been unrest in several cities in Mozambique following the National Elections Council announcement that Frelimo has won 64 out of 65 municipalities'

A still from a video of the clash between protestors and police in downtown Maputo

Good afternoon. Violent protests have broken out in a number of major cities in Mozambique over the last 24 hours, since the announcement yesterday afternoon from the National Elections Council confirming that Frelimo has won 64 out of 65 municipalities in the country, and Renamo none.

The worst trouble seems to have been in the city of Nampula, but Maputo has also seen tear gas, burning barricades, and mass arrests. Renamo’s leadership, however, has sought to calm the situation, encouraging demonstrators not to provoke police.

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Downtown Maputo is in turmoil following a clash between police and demonstrators participating in a march organised by opposition party Renamo. The hundreds of participants are now divided into small groups, after clashes with police including agents in plain clothes firing rifles into the air to d…
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Protests erupt in some cities over results of local elections (Ikweli, TV Sucesso, Evidências, MzNews) Violent riots were reported last night and this morning in the city of Nampula in protest against the election results that gave victory to the ruling Frelimo party in 64 of the country’s 65 munici…

It seems the party’s strategy is to continue with peaceful demonstrations in the days and possibly weeks to come. By contrast, it may be the authorities’ strategy to provoke trouble as a way of justifying banning further demonstrations.

Whichever way that plays out, Renamo and its supporters will want to maintain popular pressure on the Constitution Council (CC), which is now the only remaining recourse to appeal the results giving victory to Frelimo everywhere bar the city of Beira.

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