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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013


Renamo ramps up the pressure

Disgruntled Renamo rebels are using force and threats of economic disruption to get their demands on the table

The violent stand-off between President Armando Guebuza's government and the former Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo) rebels, now entering its sixth month, looks increasingly intractable. The latest round of talks between the two sides in Maputo on 14 August ended in failure and recrimination. Although any attempt by Renamo to restart the civil war with the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo) would have little popular support, its threat to attack export routes was taken seriously by state officials and foreign companies.

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