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    17 November, 2009
Frelimo victory confirmed
 

Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) on 11 November announced the final results from the 28 October general elections, confirming an overwhelming victory for incumbent president Armando Guebuza and the ruling Frelimo Party. The turnout was just over 44 per cent of the electorate

Reading out the results in Maputo, CNE chairperson Joao Leopoldo da Costa said that President Guebuza had won 2.9 million of the 3.9 million valid votes – which is slightly more than 75 per cent.

The runner-up was Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Renamo, who took 651,000 votes, or 16.5 per cent. The third candidate, the mayor of Beira, Daviz Simango, who heads the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), took 341,000 votes, or 8.6 per cent.

In the parliamentary election, Frelimo’s gained 75 per cent whilst Renamo took 17.8 per cent. In third place was the MDM with four per cent. The MDM was only able to stand candidates in four provinces (Maputo City, Sofala, Niassa and Inhambane). The CNE rejected, on procedural grounds, the list of MDM candidates for the other nine constituencies.

16 minor parties stood in the parliamentary elections, and their results were uniformly dismal. None of them took as much as one per cent of the vote.

These results strengthen Frelimo’s already impressive parliamentary majority. The number of seats held by Frelimo in the 250-member Assembly of the Republic rises from 160 to 191. The Renamo parliamentary group drops from 90 to 51 members. A third force enters the parliament – due to its strong showing in Sofala and Maputo City, the MDM will have eight deputies.

Frelimo sweeps board in provincial elections
In Mozambique’s first elections for provincial assemblies Frelimo won in 137 of the 141 district constituencies. Renamo won in Alto Molocue, Milange and Morrrumbala in Zambezia province, while the MDM won in the city of Beira.

In 67 of the constituencies Frelimo was unopposed. This was mainly because Renamo downgraded the provincial elections and concentrated on the parliamentary elections.

In many cases Renamo candidates in the provincial elections were rejected because they lacked the necessary documents, notably the certificate proving that they had lived in the province for at least six months. Renamo apparently accepted this decision of the CNE, for it did not complain against the exclusion to the appeals body, the Constitutional Council.

In the 70 districts where Frelimo won in a contested campaign, it took between 90 and 100 per cent of the vote in 12 of them, between 80 and 90 per cent in 17, between 70 and 80 per cent in 18, between 60 and 70 per cent in 13, and between 50 and 60 per cent in ten.

The upshot of this is that Frelimo will have an absolute majority in all ten provincial assemblies. In two of them – Inhambane and Gaza – it faces no opposition at all. Renamo only stood in two districts in Inhambane and one in Gaza, and did not elect any deputies in any of them.

In Maputo province, the Assembly will have 75 Frelimo deputies and five from Renamo. In the northern province of Cabo Delgado, Frelimo has 73 seats and Renamo eight, while in the neighbouring province of Niassa there are 66 seats for Frelimo and two each for Renamo and the MDM.

In the largest of the assemblies, in Nampula, Frelimo has 78 seats, Renamo 11 and the MDM two, while in Zambezia Frelimo has 57 seats and Renamo 31. In Tete, Frelimo elected 75 deputies and Renamo five, and in Manica Frelimo has 61 seats and Renamo 19.

In Sofala, the main opposition is the MDM, with 20 seats in the provincial assembly to 59 for Frelimo and just one for Renamo.

The provincial assemblies have no legislative powers. They simply approve (or reject) the budget presented by the provincial government, and have limited powers of oversight. They will meet only twice a year for no more than ten days a session.

 
 
  21 September, 2018  
 
Poachers and illegal loggers jailed
 
The Chigubo district court, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, has, over the past three months, sentenced 14 people to jail terms of between 15 days and 12 years for poaching and illegal logging in the Banhine National Park.

 
  19 September, 2018  
 
Government approves water management plan
 
The Mozambican government on 18 September approved a National Water Resource Management Plan for the next 20 years that will cost an estimated US$28 billion.

 
  18 September, 2018  
 
President Nyusi wants greater visibility for Mozambique Island
 
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on 17 September urged the residents of Mozambique Island, off the coast of the northern province of Nampula, to join the government initiatives intended to grant greater visibility to the island as a cultural treasure.

 


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