Renamo's appeal for the annulment of the election result was rejected: the supreme court of Mozambique


FOTO FILE: FOTO FILE: Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi talks to the press after voting in Maputo, Mozambique, on October 15, 2019. REUTERS / Grant Lee Neuenburg // File Photo

MAPUTO (Reuters) – The Mozambique court has rejected Renamo's opposition party's request to reject the results of its recent general election – a scenario that Renamo has declared could provoke violence in the country a few months after a historic peace agreement .

A written sentence published on the website of the Constitutional Council and dated November 11th declared that the council had rejected the appeal for the annulment of the victory of President Filipe Nyusi and his party Frelimo in the elections of October 15th.

"The applicant did not provide sufficient evidence to support his request," the ruling stated.

It was hoped that the presidential, legislative and provincial poll would seal the peace treaty signed between Nyusi and Renamo Ossufo's leader Momade in August which ended four decades of hostility between the two sides.

Instead it fueled tensions as the opposition parties claimed that the vote was hit by serious fraud. Momade said that the country risks returning to violence if the election results were validated.

"If you want to save Mozambique, the elections must be canceled," he said, according to the broadcaster STV on Wednesday, adding that Renamo had respected the peace agreement so far.

"We will not accept that a small group of people will change the will of the Mozambican people".

The race for the elections was marred by violence, even by a separatist group of ex-Renamo fighters, who staged attacks in the central regions of the country.

A number of attacks took place even after the poll, with analysts who feared the outcome could worsen the violence.

Reported by Manuel Mucari; Emma Rumney editorial office; Editing by Jon Boyle

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