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Mozambique council poll goes ahead despite Renamo boycott

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A Mozambican man casts his ballot at a voting station near Gorongosa in central Mozambique, 20 November, 2013
A Mozambican man casts his ballot at a voting station near Gorongosa in central Mozambique, 20 November, 2013 Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg

After weeks of escalating tension between the movements involved in Mozambique's 1980s civil war, voters are casting their ballots in municipal elections Wednesday. Former rebel group Renamo, now the main opposition party, is boycotting the vote and has resumed the armed struggle. Clashes with government forceshave left several people dead and dozens injured in the centre of the country. Historian Eric Morier-Genoud discusses what is at stake in the polls. 

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