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Vol 59 No 11

Published 1st June 2018


Mozambique

An untimely death

The Renamo leader’s demise is an opportunity for the party to re-invent itself but Frelimo could still abandon reconciliation

The opposition Resistencia Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo) is going through a difficult rebalancing act in the wake of the death of its leader, Afonso Dhlakama, on 3 May. In the run-up to next year's general election, the party could emerge as a more credible political opposition if it plays its cards right. The ruling Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo) has much to fear if Renamo can do so and exploit the government's responsibility for the disastrous US$2 billion hidden-loans scandal and subsequent economic crisis.

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