Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has been re-elected after a landslide victory, the electoral commission said on Sunday.
The elections took place earlier this month and election commission chairman Abdul Carimo said at a press briefing that Nyusi of the ruling Frelimo party scored 73 percent of the vote.
While Ossufo Momade of the rebel group turned opposition party Renamo with almost 22 percent.
In a speech given to cheering supporters in the capital Maputo, Nyusi said he would further develop Mozambique and hasten the implementation of a two-month-old peace deal with Renamo — a rebel group turned opposition party.
“I will work so that we can have a prosperous, equitable and fair Mozambique,” he told the crowd, who also were in attendance with vuvuzelas. “In these elections, the Mozambican people won.”
Nyusi, 60, won a second five-year term despite his popularity taking a hit from chronic unrest and a financial crisis linked to alleged state corruption.
The Frelimo party, which has ruled the southern African nation since independence from Portugal in 1975, defeated its arch-rival Renamo, a former rebel group turned main opposition party.
Renamo’s candidate Ossufo Momade, 58, heads a party of former anti-communist rebels who fought a brutal civil war with Frelimo from 1975-1992, devastating the economy and leaving almost one million people dead.
Renamo picked up arms again in 2013 to 2016, but tension continued until Nyusi and Momade signed a peace deal in August.