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Guebuza wins Mozambique landslide

Incumbent President Armando Guebuza
Armando Guebuza has another five years in office

Mozambique's electoral commission has declared President Armando Guebuza and his Frelimo party as the resounding winners of October's general election.

Official results gave Mr Guebuza more than 75% of the vote, allowing him a second term in office.

Frelimo won more seats in parliament than it previously held, with 191 seats out of 250.

The BBC's Jose Tembe in Maputo says it means the party is able to change the constitution should it wish to.

Armando Guebuza (Frelimo): 2,974,627 votes
Afonso Dhlakama (Renamo): 650,679 votes
Daviz Simango (MDM): 340,574 votes
Eligible to vote: Nearly 10 million

Our correspondent says this is unlikely, but there is a concern - even among those who voted for the governing party - that such a huge majority will not be good for democracy.

It was the country's fourth democratic election since the end of its brutal civil war in 1992.

In the presidential race, Mr Guebuza's main rival - veteran Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama - took 16.5% of the vote.

Daviz Simango, the leader of a new party that split from Renamo a few months ago, gained 8.6%.

His Democratic Movement of Mozambique was excluded from fielding candidates in nine of the 13 parliamentary regions as the Constitutional Council said its registration papers were not in order.

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