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Oct 26, 2014

Ebola shows up solidarity deficit in Africa growth story

MONROVIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa’s economic growth is bounding ahead, despite the Ebola epidemic gnawing at its western shoulder, but some see the continent showing a deficit in solidarity towards the three poor and war-weakened states worst hit by the deadly disease.

While non-African nations from the United States to China and Cuba are deploying resources and health personnel in a U.N.-led surge to aid Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, fast-growing Africa’s states and institutions are facing questions about the level and speed of their own contributions.

Oct 26, 2014

Analysis – Ebola shows up solidarity deficit in Africa growth story

MONROVIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa’s economic growth is bounding ahead, despite the Ebola epidemic gnawing at its western shoulder, but some see the continent showing a deficit in solidarity towards the three poor and war-weakened states worst hit by the deadly disease.

While non-African nations from the United States to China and Cuba are deploying resources and health personnel in a U.N.-led surge to aid Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, fast-growing Africa’s states and institutions are facing questions about the level and speed of their own contributions.

Oct 17, 2014

Renamo rejects Mozambique vote results but leader vows ‘no more war’

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique’s main opposition group, the former rebel movement Renamo, said on Friday it would challenge as fraudulent results showing the ruling Frelimo party had won national elections, but Renamo’s leader promised there would be no return to war.

Afonso Dhlakama, whose guerrillas fought a civil war against Frelimo from 1975 to 1992 in the former Portuguese colony, said Wednesday’s presidential and legislative elections had been marred by widespread irregularities, including ballot stuffing.

Oct 17, 2014

Renamo rejects Mozambique election result, African observers endorse vote

MAPUTO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Mozambique’s main opposition
group Renamo on Friday rejected as fraudulent results showing
the ruling Frelimo party had won national elections but African
observers endorsed the vote as largely free and acceptable.

“We don’t accept the results…the results should be
annulled and new elections held,” Renamo spokesman Antonio
Muchanga told Reuters in Maputo.

Oct 16, 2014

Early projections point to Frelimo win in Mozambique elections

MAPUTO, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party
and its presidential candidate appeared to be heading for
victory in keenly-fought elections, early voting returns and
civil society projections showed on Thursday, but some opponents
denounced intimidation and fraud.

The first provisional results from electoral authorities,
with around 8.5 percent of total votes counted, gave an early
lead to Frelimo candidate Filipe Nyusi with nearly 61 percent,
ahead of Renamo’s Afonso Dhlakama with just over 31 percent.

Oct 16, 2014

Mozambique votes being tallied, Renamo denounces intimidation, fraud

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambican Renamo opposition parliament members accused the ruling Frelimo party on Thursday of intimidation and fraud in closely-fought presidential and legislative elections as ballots were still being counted a day after the vote.

Frelimo, whose presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi is widely viewed as favorite to win, dismissed the accusations as “bad faith”. But the alleged irregularities, which could not be independently confirmed, raised fears of a possible disputed outcome from Wednesday’s voting in the southern African nation.

Oct 15, 2014

Mozambicans vote peacefully in keenly-fought elections

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambicans voted on Wednesday in elections expected to return the ruling Frelimo party to power in one of Africa’s fastest-growing resource-rich economies, and international observers said voting was generally peaceful.

Polling stations, many set up in schools, closed across the Indian Ocean nation at 6 p.m.(12.00 noon EDT). Election officers immediately began the painstaking task of counting the ballot papers by hand. The national electoral commission was expected to start announcing provisional results from Thursday.

Oct 15, 2014

Mozambicans choose new leader, eyes on coming resource boom

MAPUTO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Mozambicans voted on Wednesday in
elections expected to return the ruling Frelimo party to power
in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, and international
observers reported voting was generally smooth and peaceful.

Lines formed at polling stations in the port capital Maputo,
as voters waited patiently to make their choice in the elections
for a new president, parliament and provincial assemblies.

Oct 14, 2014

Mozambique votes with hopes for coming resource boom

MAPUTO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Mozambicans vote on Wednesday in
elections that are expected to see the dominant Frelimo party
maintain power in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies,
that is looking to escape years of poverty and conflict by
tapping into its huge energy resources.

Foreign donors and investors alike hope the ballot for a new
president, parliament and provincial assemblies, will allow the
country to bury old animosities still lingering from a 1975-1992
civil war fought between Frelimo and its old foe Renamo.

Oct 13, 2014

Ruling party set to win Mozambique polls despite anger over inequality

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party and its presidential candidate look likely to win elections this week despite voters’ dissatisfaction with graft and inequality in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies that boasts abundant energy reserves.

On Wednesday, former liberation movement Frelimo, which has dominated voting in the ex-Portuguese colony since its 1975 independence, is widely expected to win the fifth presidential ballot held since the end of a devastating 1975-1992 civil war.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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