Guebuza Set For Re-election in Mozambique

President Armando Emilio Guebuza and his wife Maria

President Armando Emilio Guebuza and his wife Maria

The current president of Mozambique Armando Guebuza is set to be re-elcted for a second time in an election on Thursday that will see the ruling party clinch an overwhelming victory at the polls. Results coming out of the country show Guebuza taking a commanding lead over his longtime rival and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama. 77 percent of the presidential vote in all but one of Mozambique’s 11 provinces, has been taken by Guebuza with 15 percent going to Simango, head of the Mozambique Democratic Movement, a splinter of Renamo, a former rebel group and now the main opposition. Dhlakama, who led a 16-year guerrilla war against Frelimo, has taken eight percent.

Guebuza who is a rich businessman and his ruling Frelimo party are expected to face pressure to provide poor Mozambicans with the benefits of tourism and untapped mineral and energy resources that have started to draw foreign companies and investors. It seems opposition parties are too disorganised to make an impact though they may gain ground in the long term but, even so, they do not expect Guebuza to get an absolute majority in parliament. Many youths thronged polling stations in scorching heat, hoping to bring change; a sign that Guebuza now has to accommodate a new generation that was not born in the liberation struggle nor the 16-year civil war against Renamo.

Mozambique has growing economic potential. Guebuza has said he would simplify investment laws, cut red tape and press on with market liberalisation; Guebuza, who made his fortune in the energy, transport and port industries, faced only two challengers; Renamo head Afonso Dhlakama and MDM leader Simango. Guebuza has said he would simplify investment laws, cut red tape and press on with market liberalisation.

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