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Mozambique's president among 1st to vote

Mozambique's president among 1st to vote

A jovial President Armando Guebuza was among the first voters in an election expected to return him and his party to power.
Guebuza joked after casting his ballot Wednesday in Maputo that his choice was secret. He says he's confident his party and "candidate will win."
Guebuza's Frelimo party has been in power since independence from Portugal in 1975 and won every vote since Mozambique's first multiparty election in 1994.
Guebuza said nothing about charges from another presidential candidate, Daviz Simango, that the elections commission was used to squash Simango's new party.
Simango was allowed on the presidential ballot, but his nine-month-old Mozambique Democratic Party was excluded from most of the parliamentary races being contested Wednesday.