Monday 23 April 2018

Mozambique New peace deal: A new wind for the Country ?

Mozambique's president and a rebel leader signed a landmark peace deal in Maputo on Friday, ending a two-year conflict that has rekindled memories of a brutal civil war.

President Armando Guebuza and Mozambican rebel Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, who came out of hiding Thursday, signed the deal in front of around 100 diplomats and dignitaries, an AFP reporter witnessed.

The two leaders embraced prompting jubilant cries and clapping from those gathered.

For two years government forces and fighters loyal to Dhlakama have clashed, with the rebel leader accusing the state of reneging on a peace deal that ended Mozambique's brutal civil war.

Around one million died as a result of the 15-year conflict, which ended in 1992.

In the recent clashes Dhlakama's supporters attacked buses and cars on the main north-south highway and government forces raided his bush hide out, in a low-level but deadly insurgency.

Dhlakama came out of hiding Thursday, returning to Maputo in a symbolic end to the two-year conflict, which had spooked investors.

On Friday he hailed the deal as an "important step forward," but also accused the government of "intolerance."

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