Mozambicans go to the polls on 15 October 2019 in presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections. These are taking place in a tense political context and are expected to be the toughest yet for the ruling party Frelimo. This is owing to a declining economy (the result of large-scale corruption), the aftermath of devastating cyclones and insecurity in the north of the country. The elections are also a test for new decentralisation laws passed earlier this year.
About the author
Liesl Louw-Vaudran is a senior research consultant at the ISS. She coordinates the institute’s research on the Southern Africa region and is the editor of its PSC Report. Liesl is a former foreign correspondent and has over 20 years’ experience working across Africa. She is completing an MA in International Relations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
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