Renamo supporters gathered when its leader, Afonso Dhlakama, was accepted as a presidential candidate for October's elections (photo: dpa)

Peace talks in Mozambique move a step closer

The security situation in Mozambique, with skirmishes between government forces and guerillas from the main opposition, had raised fears of civil war and doubts about elections planned for October 2014. The opposition has felt excluded and wants economic benefits from huge offshore oil and gas discoveries to be shared more widely. Now chances of finding a peaceful solution have improved.

POLITICIANS and most investors in southern Africa have been seriously concerned at Mozambique’s political and security situation over the last 18 months, with fears and uncertainty rising as the October 2014 general election approaches.

The security risks were more relevant as sub-Sahara...

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Signs are emerging suggesting conciliation between the Frelimo government and Renamo’s opposition and their respective leaders. This follows months of a deteriorating political and security situation which has had a negative impact on Mozambique’s business environment and economy
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