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Mozambique’s president signs peace accord with opposition group

Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade shook hands and embraced.

Renamo leader Ossufo Momade, centre, performs a dance with locals upon his arrival for a peace accord signing ceremony at Gorongosa National Park (Tsvanigirai Mukwazhi/AP)
Renamo leader Ossufo Momade, centre, performs a dance with locals upon his arrival for a peace accord signing ceremony at Gorongosa National Park (Tsvanigirai Mukwazhi/AP)

Mozambique’s president and the leader of the Renamo opposition have signed a peace accord to end years of hostilities that followed a 15-year civil war.

Thousands of the former rebel group’s remaining fighters are disarming just weeks before a visit by Pope Francis and a national election that will test the now-political rivals’ new resolve.

President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade shook hands and embraced after Thursday’s signing.

Fighting had flared several times in the nearly 25 years since the end of the conflict in which some one million people died.

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A woman waits for Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade to arrive for a peace accord signing ceremony (Tsvanigirai Mukwazhi/AP)

Renamo later became an opposition party but had never fully disarmed until now.

Pope Francis has said he is visiting next month to promote reconciliation in the southern African country.

Mozambique’s presidential election follows in October.

PA

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