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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vote Was 'Free and Fair

MAPUTO, Mozambique () -- UN special representative Aldo Ajello said Wednesday that voting in Mozambique's first multiparty election appeared to have been free and fair.

"The United Nations observation would not support any possible claim of fraud or intimidation," said a preliminary report read by Ajello at a news conference.

His statement and a similar one by observers from the European Union will pressure the former rebel Renamo Party to accept the election results, which so far show Renamo running a distant second to the ruling Frelimo Party.