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Election Fever Becomes Evident

March 2009 | Ratings Update

A general election is due by the end of the year, but there is little doubt that the incumbent Frelimo party will emerge dominant, with President Armando Guebuza returned for his second (and last) five-year term. Frelimo delivers on macroeconomic policy, which keeps the donor tap open, but the polity is still flawed with corruption, administrative inefficiencies and politically-driven regional biases holding back the country's fledgling democracy. Matters are not helped by the fractious and negative stance of the opposition, which fails to inspire any widespread popular enthusiasm. But given that Mozambique was only 15 years ago embroiled in a bloody civil war, the country is rightly regarded as one of the success stories amongst post-conflict states in Africa.

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