Mozambique's National Election Commission (CNE) announced on Sunday, October 27, that incumbent President Filipe Nyusi won the October 15 presidential election with 73 percent of the vote. In the parliamentary elections, President Nyusi's Frelimo party won 184 of the parliament's 250 seats. Renamo, the main opposition party, came in second winning 60 seats. Renamo and other opposition parties have publicly rejected the election results amid claims of fraud; Frelimo maintains that the elections were conducted freely and fairly.
Political demonstrations and rallies are possible throughout the country in the coming days following the results. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected.
The October 15 general elections allowed citizen to vote for provincial governors for the first time, as set in the Maputo Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed between Renamo and Frelimo leaders on August 6. The agreement formally ended months of fighting between Renamo rebels and the Defense and Security Forces. Despite this peace agreement, the electoral campaign was one of the most violent in Mozambique's history, killing at least 10 people and triggering a recrudescence of tensions between the two frontrunners.
Individuals in Mozambique are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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