The main opposition party in Mozambique appeals to the election result

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FILE PHOTOS: Mozambican election personnel and material are transported to remote areas of the country before Tuesday's elections, in Chongue, Gaza province, southern Mozambique, October 14, 2019 REUTERS / Grant Lee Neuenburg

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique's main opposition party, Renamo, on Tuesday called for the results of the October 15 general election, asking the country's court to annul the victory of current president Filipe Nyusi.

Nyusi and his ruling party Frelimo won big in the elections, which was hoped they could calm tensions in Mozambique, soon becoming a major world exporter of gas. Instead, the disputed result fueled divisions as the opposition parties shouted a foul.

"We want the election results to be canceled because they were not elections. They were a caricature, a circus show, "Renal's Venâncio Mondlane told Reuters.

"Today we have appealed to the Constitutional Council (CC) against the resolution of the National Electoral Commission, with which we are not in agreement. We demand that the CC cancel election results, "said Mondlane.

It was hoped that the elections could put the seal on a fragile peace pact, designed to put an end to four decades of violence between Frelimo and Renamo.

The two fought a 16-year civil war that ended in a truce in 1992, but since then they have met sporadically.

Renamo wanted to gain control of a number of provinces in central Mozambique and in the north, but left empty-handed.

Reported by Manuel Mucari; assembly by Grant McCool

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