A Week Before Mozambique’s Polls

An escalating insurgency, attacks on political campaigners and a terrified population have set a worrying scene for Mozambique’s election on October 15. While the poll looks, on the surface, like a simple two-way contest between the long-ruling Frelimo party and the opposition Renamo party, analysts say it’s a complex situation for the Southern African nation. In fact, analysts are worried the poll will lack two essential qualities — the first being fairness. Nor is the election bringing what this war-torn nation badly needs: peace after decades of conflict between the government and the armed wing of the opposition. Despite a recent peace deal, human rights experts say they suspect the accord will not last.


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