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President Armando Guebuza and his party, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique, continued to dominate Mozambique’s political institutions and its economy during 2010. The country achievedimpressive rates of economic growth, largely due to increasedforeign investment in mining and related sectors. However, popularanger over rising living costs led to riots in September that turned deadly when security forces opened fire on protesters.
Mozambique is not an electoral democracy. While international observers have deemed the overall outcomes of Mozambique’s national elections to have reflected the will of the people, electoral processes have repeatedly been riddled with problems. The 2009 elections were particularly criticized for the widespread rejection of party lists and for irregularities in the tabulation of results.