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Nyusi Retains Power with Resounding Win

Monday, October 28, 2019

President Filipe Nyusi has won a landslide victory in Mozambique’s presidential. Nyusi took 73% of the vote according to the National Election Commission (CNE) on Sunday. His party, Frelimo, also secured big wins in the legislative and provincial contests.

The main opposition candidate backed by Renamo, Ossufo Momade, garnered 21.8% of the tallied votes according to CNE Chairman Abdul Carimo. Daviz Simango, of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), took just over 4% of the votes cast.

As with many Africa elections, this one is also being challenged by the losing party. Renamo claims the elections were riddled with irregularities and fraud. Meanwhile, Frelimo maintains the elections were free and fair.

International observers were on-hand for the elections. Ignacio Sanchez Amor, leader of the European Union’s OSCE observer mission, said “voting procedures were well-implemented” on election day, but he did add that there were no observers in almost half of the country’s polling stations.

“The pre-election and the voting phases of the 2019 electoral processes were generally peaceful and conducted in an orderly manner,” said Zimbabwean Defense Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the head of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which also observed the process.