Tutu dis­charged from hos­pi­tal

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CAPE TOWN — Anti-apartheid cleric and No­bel lau­re­ate, Des­mond Tutu, was dis­charged from a South African hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day af­ter al­most two weeks of rou­tine tests, his foun­da­tion said.

Tutu, who spent his 87 birth­day in hos­pi­tal, has had prostate can­cer for roughly two decades and has largely with­drawn from pub­lic life.

His foun­da­tion said in a state­ment Tutu “has been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal and is re-gather­ing his strength at home.”

Us­ing the pul­pit to crit­i­cise the white mi­nor­ity apartheid regime, Tutu won the No­bel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-vi­o­lent op­po­si­tion to apartheid. — Reuters MOZAM­BIQUE’S rul­ing Fre­limo party took a clear lead in early re­sults from lo­cal polls, of­fi­cial data shown on Thurs­day, as the Re­n­amo op­po­si­tion looked to gain ground ahead of next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

With 18 de­clared re­sults in the 53 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Fre­limo had se­cured 17 wins against just one for Re­n­amo af­ter Wed­nes­day’s vote. Count­ing con­tin­ued in many ar­eas where the race was close.

Fre­limo has ruled Mozam­bique since its in­de­pen­dence from Por­tu­gal in 1975.

“These re­sults are pro­vi­sional and do not cover the whole coun­try. We call on com­peti­tors and cit­i­zens to wait calmly for the fi­nal re­sults,” said Paulo Cuinica, spokesper­son for the Na­tional Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

The elec­tion had threat­ened to in­flame ten­sions in Mozam­bique, where Re­n­amo fought a bru­tal 16-year civil war against the Fre­limo govern­ment be­fore fighting stopped in 1992. Re­n­amo has main­tained an armed wing since the civil war, and un­rest again erupted be­tween 2013 and 2016.

Re­n­amo, which boy­cotted the last lo­cal poll in 2013, has al­leged fraud and po­lice in­tim­i­da­tion of its sup­port­ers dur­ing the elec­tion.

The vote has been seen as a test of progress in the peace process af­ter re­cent talks be­tween Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi and Re­n­amo’s act­ing leader Os­sufo Mo­made. — AFP

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