The main opposition party in Mozambique, the Democratic Renewal of Mozambique also called Renamo, has announced suspension of its participation in peace negotiations initiated by the government to end recurrent violence in the country. Spokesman for Renamo, Andre Magibire said the party will now concentrate on electoral conflict. The moves follows several weeks of threat by the opposition and comes after the publication of local election results held on October 10. The results had announced the Frelimo ruling party as having won forty four municipalities, a decision contested by the opposition party which has also denounced fraud.
Renamo won eight and Mozambique’s Democratic Movement (MDM), the second opposition party, had only one. But Renamo claims victory in five other cities including Matola, the most populous city in the country.
Renamo accused the government of having ‘stolen’ victory in five municipalities during these elections.
The party said a resolution to the electoral dispute will be the only way it can return to the peace negotiations table.