Mozambique’s Guebuza set to retain power

By Danstan Kaunda in Maputo-The incumbent Mozambican President Armando Guebuza seem likely to win a majority in the national election, reports the state-owned Mozambique Television (TVM).

On an early morning Election 2009 Show (Thursday), Guebuza has maintained over 50 percent gap lead in the ballot papers accounted so-far.

Meaning the other half has to be split among the 19 other political parties that participated in the general election.

Mozambique went to the polls Wednesday in national elections for president, parliament and provincial assemblies.

Local election officials and international observers like the European Union (EU) say, voting process was largely orderly and peaceful.

President Armando Guebuza of the ruling Frelimo Party appeared on the national television appealing to Mozambicans to remain violence free.

But a veteran opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama of the Renamo Party was quoted by the TV station saying the campaign had many irregularities.

He says, “the main issue was that the elections be free and transparent. That is the only way that the loser can accept the results and the winner can govern well.”

Some incidents of violence were reported during the campaign and opposition parties complained that some of their candidates were prevented from running on technicalities.

But analysts say overall the process was peaceful and orderly.

Preliminary results are expected in a few days.

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