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Today is Election Day to decide the president of Mozambique. The current president is from the political party who has ruled the country from the time of Independence of colonial rule.

Incumbent President Armando Guebuza is running for re-election as the FRELIMO candidate; he is being challenged by opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who has stood as the RENAMO candidate in every presidential election since 1994. Also standing is Daviz Simango, the Mayor of Beira, who was a RENAMO member before founding his own party, the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), earlier in 2009.[1]

Campaigning for the election began on 13 September 2009. There are 17 parties and two coalitions competing in the parliamentary election. Provincial assemblies are also at stake in the election.[2]

Prior to the election, Guebuza was heavily favored to win another term, and RENAMO, mired in a bitter feud with Simango and the MDM, was thought to have been seriously weakened since the previous election, held in 2004. (Source: Wikipedia)

Please pray that the country remains peaceful and stable.