"Crisis in Renamo could benefit MDM in next October's elections" - analysts warn

“Crise na Renamo pode beneficiar o MDM nas eleições de Outubro próximo” –alertam analistas

Mozambican political analysts believe that the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) could benefit from the crisis affecting the largest opposition political force, through an agreement with Venâncio Mondlane. But they also don't rule out the possibility of voices critical of Renamo's leadership taking advantage of this moment to create an alternative to the current system of power within the party.

According to analysts quoted by VOAThe decision that only those with 15 years of Renamo militancy can run for the presidency of the party does not only affect MP Venâncio Mondlane, but many other critical members, whose political future may have been jeopardized.

For political analyst João Mosca, "these people, together with Venâncio Mondlane, can do many things, including becoming an alternative to the current system of power within Renamo, creating an alternative political party".

However, there are those who wonder whether the MDM can benefit from the current crisis in Renamo. Health Observatory researcher Jorge Matine has no doubt that the possible return of Venâncio Mondlane would be an asset for the MDM.

Matine notes that "given that the MDM is losing popularity, I think the party should make some choices, and Venâncio Mondlane is one of the right choices, he's been in the MDM, he knows the MDM, I don't think it's a difficult thing to do".

On the other hand, some opinion circles say that with Renamo weakened, no one is going to oppose it in Mozambique.

"Renamo is not weakened," says João Mosca.

Meanwhile, the president of the Quelimane Municipal Council, Manuel de Araújo, one of the critics of Ossufo Momade's leadership, argues that Venâncio Mondlane should resolve problems within the party and not in the courts.

On Sunday, 14, Renamo's National Council defined the requirements of the candidates for the party's leadership in the election to be held during the congress scheduled for May 15 and 16.

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