For the Mozambican Constitutional Council, the National Resistance of Mozambique (RENAMO) did not provide « sufficient » evidence for the cancellation of the October elections. The opposition party fears the resurgence of violence, despite a peace deal with the government.
In a statement posted on its website, the Constitutional Council of Mozambique recently rejected the request for annulment of the general elections (provincial, legislative and presidential) of October 15 last.
According to the electoral commission, incumbent President Felipe Nyusi and his party the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) won all these elections.
Results immediately contested by RENAMO who, after having concluded a peace agreement with the power had submitted a petition for annulment to the Constitutional Council.
However. « The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence in support of his claim, » said the judicial institution.
Verdict that goes wrong within RENAMO. The opposition party fears an eruption of violence in the country likely to shatter the peace agreement with the regime in place.
« If we want to save Mozambique, the elections must be canceled, » said Ossufo Momad, president of RENAMO on television, adding that his party has respected the peace agreement so far. Welcoming his party’s compliance with the agreement, Momad called for respect for the will of the people.
« We will not accept that a small group of people change the will of the Mozambican people. »
Statements reminiscent of the violence, including a splinter group of RENAMO veterans who staged attacks in central regions.