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    UN sends team to help Mozambique prepare for elections

    APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sent a delegation to Mozambique to assist the country in preparing next year’s municipal and general elections in 2019, APA can report on Monday.

    The delegation is in Mozambique at the invitation of the Mozambican government and, according to the private Television station, Stv, the teamis from the UN department of political affairs.
    It is on a twelve-day mission aimed at evaluating the preparations, which are under way in the country for next year’s local elections and the 2019 presidential, parliamentary and provincial polls in Mozambique.
    On Monday, the UN mission met with the leadership of the parliamentary bench of Mozambique’s main opposition party, the ex-rebel Renamo movement and the meeting was aimed at hearing Renamo’s views on the forthcoming elections.
    Simon-Pierre Nanitelanio, deputy director of the Electoral Assistance Division of the UN, who heads the mission currently visiting the country was quoted by the Maputo-based broadcaster as saying his mission will be in Mozambique for two weeks, meeting members of the government, electoral process preparation and management bodies, political parties, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
    “It is premature to say what kind of support we are going to give, because we are still in the stage of listening to the electoral players in order to know the needs of each of the parties and be able to determine the aid to be made available.”

    Nanitelanio added: “We should remember that the UN has supported Mozambican elections since the introduction of democracy in 1994. When we have finished listening, we will be in a position to determine support for the next elections in Mozambique.”
    In 2019, the two major Mozambican parties face off once again to elect a new president for the country, who will take office in January 2020.
    The Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) is a Marxist-Leninist party, and hopes to re-elect incumbent Filipe Nyusi. The Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) is a conservative nationalist party led by Afonso Dhlakama.


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