Maputo: Mozambique will hold presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections on 15 October 2019, the presidency has announced, setting the date for a vote that will proceed the Southern African country ’s emergence as a major gas exporter.
The Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi set that date of the election, a notice on the presidency website said, “ Mozambique is due to start exporting liquefied natural gas in 2022 from huge offshore fields operated by oil majors including Italy’s ENI and Exxon Mobil.
The date was unveiled amid negotiations on consolidating peace between the government and former rebels, the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo).
Renamo and the ruling Frelimo fought a 16-year civil war that ended with a peace deal in 1992, but Renamo leader Alfonso Dhlakama took to the bush in 2013 as his supporters a new low-level insurgency.
In December 2016, Dhlakama announced a truce with the government, which until now is yet to culminate in a formal peace accord. Dhlakama and Nyusi have agreed on constitutional reforms that will decentralize power.
The reforms, currently under debate in parliament, will allow voters to direct voters to elect provincial governors, who at present are appointed by the president. Renamo has long sought greater decentralization of power and better integration of its supporters into the police and military.
Analysts argue that Nyusi, who is eligible to run one more term, is expected to narrowly win next year ‘s election, as Renamo has been growing its support base.
Frelimo has glided victory in five previous military elections since 1994 although the opposition alleged fraud and manipulation of votes.