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    Mozambique sets date for municipal elections

    APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

    The Mozambican government has tentatively set 10 October 2018 as the date for the fifth municipal elections, an official has said.

    "The Council of Ministers in this session approved a decree that marks the fifth municipal elections, and it was approved that they take place on October 10, 2018," said government spokesperson

    Mouzinho Saíde shortly after a cabinet meeting late on Tuesday.

    He said cabinet also approved the US$13-million budget submitted by the National Election Commission (CNE) for conducting polls over the next two years.

    "The activities of the CNE should start with the training of members for the next municipal elections as well as the installation of provincial and district commissions, including the voter registration.

    All these processes will take place 60 days after the definitive setting of the polling date,” Saide said.

    The CNE is expected to spend the money to run the municipal elections as well as the general elections scheduled for 2019.

    The main opposition Renamo has confirmed its participation in the elections. Its leader Afonso Dhlakama has been hiding in central Mozambique after sporadic clashes since he challenged the 2014 general poll results won by the ruling Frelimo party and its presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi.

    Renamo boycotted the last municipal elections in 2013, demanding reforms to an electoral system and accusing the Frelimo of unfairly dominating the country's politics.


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