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Vol 52 No 17

Published 26th August 2011


Renamo threatens a return to violence

As it regroups to take on Frelimo in 2014, the former armed opposition talks of a return to the military option

In a chilling echo of history, Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of the biggest opposition party, the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana, has been threatening armed resistance against the government. Renamo, backed by Ian Smith’s Rhodesian regime and successive South African apartheid regimes, led a 16-year guerrilla campaign against the government of the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique. After over a million deaths, the war ended in 1992 when Frelimo and Renamo signed a peace agreement in Rome.

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