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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Frelimo could also see winning a significant victory against MDM’s rising popularity, as a way of pushing Afonso Dhlakama definitively aside via the ballot box and therefore putting an end to his claim as co-founder of Mozambican democracy
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