Mozambique Holds General Elections, Opposition Party Rejects Results

Oct. 17, 2014, 2:26 p.m.

Elections for the President and 250 seats in the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República) in Mozambique were held on Wednesday 15 October 2014.  Located in southeastern Africa, Mozambique has a population of 24,692,144 with more than 10 million registered voters. Mozambique experienced a 16-year conflict between the Frelimo and Renamo political factions. While fighting between their rebel forces ended in 1992,  Renamo has lost every election following the conflict. While Renamo has rejected provisional results on the basis of fraud, international observers have declared the election as generally peaceful and fair. Provisional results (a count from approximately 17,000 polling stations) show the ruling Frelimo party winning both the presidential and parliamentary contests, with Frelimo's presidential candidate Felipe NYUSI earning nearly 63 percent of the vote, and Renamo's Afonso DHLAKAMA following with appriximately 30 percent.  

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