Mozambique local polls know peace process

Peace process under scrutiny in local Mozambique’s polls. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – On Wednesday, Mozambique holds local elections that could reveal cracks in the country’s peace process after the ruling Frelimo party was accused of violence and intimidation during the campaign.

The main opposition Renamo party, which has maintained an armed wing since the end of the country’s civil war, is running in the municipal vote for the first time in 10 years.

Renamo fought a brutal 16-year civil war against the Marxist-inspired Frelimo government that left one million people dead before the fighting ended in 1992.

In 2013, fresh violence erupted between Renamo rebels and government troops, raising fears of a return to civil war. But three years later, the party declared a truce and opened fresh peace talks.

Renamo is hoping for a breakthrough ahead of next year’s general election.

The vote will be held in Mozambique’s 53 municipalities, 49 of which are currently governed by Frelimo.

The four other municipalities – among them the cities of Beira, Nampula, and Quelimane – were won by the second opposition Movimento Democrático de Moçambique (MDM) party in the last elections.

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