Mozambique: Military observers deployed after disputed results
The government announced Wednesday that foreign military observers would
be deployed to ensure that the post-election period does not lead to violence.
Foreign military observers will be deployed in four provinces of
Mozambique at the end of October, announced Wednesday, October 22 Jose Pacheco,
Minister of Agriculture and head of the government delegation to the talks with
Renamo, the main opposition party, which still has armed men after two years of
According to the minister, the deployment of foreign troops will
create "the conditions to begin integrating Renamo fighters in Mozambican
police and the army." Nine countries could participate in sending
military observers, Botswana, Britain, Cape Verde, Italy, Kenya, Portugal,
South Africa, the United States and Zimbabwe.
Presidential and parliamentary elections were held on October 15
and the final results are not yet known but Frelimo, in power since
independence in 1975, looks set to establish itself widely, with about 60% of
Following these elections, Renamo has accused the government of
having massively defrauded but the party leader, former guerrilla Afonso
Dhlakama, who was a candidate for president, has pledged not to resort to violence .
Analysts note that political violence has never really stopped in
Mozambique for decades and American and European observers were surprised
Tuesday of some "irregularities" and the slow pace of counting votes.
"Despite the good conditions of the vote on the same day,
post-elections have many problems," reported the Election Observation
Mission of the European Union.