Mozambique’s President and leader of the ruling party Frelimo, Filipe Nyusi, and his wife Isaura Nyusi. REUTERS

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.

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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.