Election officials in Mozambique say the ruling party's candidate, Filipe Nyusi, has won the presidential election with about 57 percent of the vote.

The National Elections Commission said Friday that the leader of the main opposition party, Afonso Dhlakama, got 36 percent and Daviz Simango of the Mozambique Democratic Movement, a newer opposition group, had 7 percent.

The results from the Oct 15 elections in the southern African nation must be ratified by the constitutional court. The two opposition leaders say they reject the results, alleging irregularities.

Nyusi, Mozambique's defense minister, was the candidate for Frelimo, the ruling party that had fought a civil war against Dhlakama's group, known as Renamo. The two groups signed a peace deal in 1992 and have competed against as political parties since then.