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Guebuza Wins Mozambique Presidential Vote


Mozambique election officials have declared ruling party candidate, Armando Guebuza, the winner of this month's presidential vote. Officials released the final tally Tuesday showing Mr. Guebuza won nearly 64 percent of the vote, while challenger Afonso Dhlakama of the Renamo party received 32 percent.

A Renamo spokesman rejected the results, saying democracy in the country is in danger.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-based Carter Center expressed concern about irregularities and "serious weaknesses" in the voting-counting process. But the center, which observes elections worldwide, says it does not believe the problems affected the final outcome.

Mr. Guebuza will succeed President Joaquim Chissano, who is retiring after 18 years in power.

Also today, election officials said the Frelimo party won 160 seats in parliament in this month's vote, and Renamo received the remaining 90 seats.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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