Briefly: Chissano wins `free and fair' election

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The Independent Online
MAPUTO - Mozambique's independent National Election Commission yesterday declared President Joachim Chissano and his Frelimo party the winners of the nation's first multi-party elections.

Final results showed Mr Chissano with 53.3 per cent of the presidential vote and 129 of the 250 seats in parliament. Afonso Dklakama, former Renamo guerrilla leader, received 33.7 per cent of the vote and 112 parliamentary seats. The only other party in parliament will be the Democratic Union, a small coalition of opposition groups, which polled 5.15 per cent and won nine seats. The UN observer mission in Mozambique declared the elections, held on 27-29 October, ``free and fair''. Reuter