Renamo loses court bid to have Mozambique election result annulled

Maputo – Mozambique’s top court has dismissed opposition party Renamo’s application to have the results of its recent general election dismissed – a scenario Renamo has said could result in violence in the country just months after an historic peace deal.

A written judgement posted on the Constitutional Council’s website and dated November 11 said the council had dismissed the appeal to have the victory of President Filipe Nyusi and his party Frelimo in the October 15 election annulled.

“The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to support its claim,” the judgement said.

It was hoped the presidential, legislative and provincial poll would set the seal on a peace pact signed between Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade in August that put an end to four decades of hostility between the two parties.

Instead it has stoked tensions as opposition parties said the vote was hit by major fraud. Momade has said the country risked sliding back into violence if the election results were validated.

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