Mozambique: Renamo says elections were flawed

Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, won’t resort to violence even though he has become a five-time loser.

FILE: The President of Renamo, the Mozambique opposition political party, Afonso Dhlakama speaks to supporters, during a campaign rally for general elections in Maputo, Mozambique, 11 October 2014. Picture: EPA.

MAPUTO - The leader of former Mozambican rebel group, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) says last week's elections were flawed.

But Afonso Dhlakama won't resort to violence even though he's become a five-time loser.

The former rebel leader has opted for dialogue with ruling party, the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo).

At the press conference following the election, Dhlakama promised to negotiate the differences with Frelimo, which has extended its mandate to rule the country it's seized from Portuguese control in 1974, putting former defense minister Philippi Nyusi sat the helm.

International observers called the elections generally free and peaceful.

Renamo's undertaking slightly to please foreign donors, diplomats and investors, who have been hoping that the elections can bury political immunities lingering from the civil war.

Last week, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gave the positive assessment of the presidential and legislative elections held on Wednesday as the main opposition party Renamo denounced alleged fraud and intimidation at the polls in the former Portuguese colony.