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25 September 2017 06:20 (South Africa)

Mozambique election causing excitement

Mozambique is reporting a big turnout in an election dominated by the emergence of a new political party. The vote for a new president, parliament and regional assemblies is said to be causing a buzz. Veteran opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama of Renamo and Daviz Simango, the popular mayor of the port city of Beira, are facing off against incumbent Frelimo president Armando Guebuza in the country's fourth democratic election since 1992. But Simango's Mozambique Democratic Movement, formed nine months ago after splitting from Renamo, has been excluded from nine of 13 voting regions after the election commission found its registration papers were not in order. Frelimo has governed since independence in 1975, so expect more of the same, though it’s nice to think that the turnout might exceed the miserable 34% in the 2004 poll. Read more: BBC

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