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Mozambique mayoral candidate pulls out of race

Incumbent mayor of Maputo city, David Simango, will run unopposed under the ticket of the ruling Frelimo Party, in his bid for a second term after the only other known contender for the Frelimo nomination, Generosa Cossa announced she was withdrawing from the race.Cossa, who is a member of the Frelimo Central Committee, and stood for the party’s nomination at the last local elections, in 2008, had been proposed by the party’s branch in the neighbourhood of Albasini.

She was quoted in the daily paper Noticias as saying that after she became convinced that Simango was “the consensus candidate for Frelimo and enjoys the support of President Armando Guebuza, and of party Secretary General Filipe Paunde, she decided to pull out.

Asked if she felt comfortable about withdrawing her name merely because Simango was the consensual candidate of the Frelimo leadership, Cossa said she had no qualms about this and added that she could not contradict a position taken by the leadership.

“I am comfortable because it is the position of the top leadership of the party. My candidacy cannot contradict the position of the party leadership. So I’m happy with it”, she said.

Asked why she had allowed her name to go forward in the first place, Cossa said she had intended to manage the city in a way that would have served and benefited all its citizens, and to continue the work that was already being undertaken.

Cossa said she would offer full support to Simango, and has made available to Frelimo ideas that would have gone into her manifesto.

“Even if I ran against him and lost, I would support him”, she added.
Mozambique’s municipal polls are due on November 20 in 43 towns and cities.

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