Violence threatens Mozambican elections - Deutsche Welle
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The mayor of Quelimane, Manuel de Araújo, says he is receiving death threats for agreeing to run for Renamo in the province of Zambezia in the upcoming Mozambican elections.
Araujo says the threats were made in two letters, one in May 2018 saying he should not run for governor of Zambézia for Renamo.
Under the new legislation, the head of a party list for parliament is immediately a candidate for the position of governor.
De Araújo says that, on Wednesday, July 3, came a second letter warning him: “Now that you have run [for Governor], be careful, because either we die or you die.”
According to independent newssheet Carta de Moçambique, these letters circulate on Social Media
Araújo says he believes the threats are from Frelimo and meant to discourage him. His legal advisers are dealing with the matter, he adds, without giving more details.
The police have not yet reacted.