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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014


Mozambique

Frelimo and Renamo strike peace deal

After a year of armed skirmishes the old civil war rivals are about to announce an end to hostilities, improving prospects for the October elections

The Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo) government and the Resistência Nacional de Moçambique (Renamo) rebels of Afonso Dhlakama have agreed in principle on a peace deal to be announced shortly, Africa Confidential has learned. The lengthy peace talks, often deliberately dragged out or sabotaged by both sides, have finally resulted in an accord to disengage their forces under the supervision of international observers. The deal will enable Dhlakama, who is standing for the presidency in the October elections, to campaign without fear of arrest and allow the organisation of the polls to proceed without fear of disruption.

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