Mozambique holds peaceful election after violent campaign

  • Thursday 17, October 2019 08:23 AM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Mozambique voted in a general election on Tuesday hailed by the president as a sign the country was progressing "peacefully", as fears the poll could be marred by violence proved unwarranted.
The Frelimo party, which has ruled the country since independence from Portugal in 1975, is widely expected to again beat its civil war foe Renamo, a rebel group turned main opposition party.

One of the most violent campaigns in the southern African country's history had sparked concerns the vote could test a fragile peace deal sealed earlier this year.

But polling stations closed at 6:00pm (1600 GMT) without serious incidents, according to local NGOs, although there were some reports of vote tampering.

As he cast his ballot, President Filipe Nyusi said "Mozambique has chosen to move forward peacefully," adding that more than more than 4,000 observers had been deployed.

Around 13 million of Mozambique's 30 million citizens were registered to vote in elections for the presidency, parliament and provincial governors.

Vote counting has started and preliminary results are expected to be announced on Thursday.