Mozambican opposition party extends ceasefire to aid talks with government

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Mozambican opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama has extended a truce between his rebel Renamo group and the government.

Peace talks between the two sides are set to resume next week.

The move prolongs a truce that Renamo fighters announced unilaterally the day before Christmas last year.

Mozambique is still recovering from its bloody 20 year civil war between Frelimo and Renamo that claimed one million lives.

Tensions have resurfaced since 2013, with Renamo fighters again taking up arms against Frelimo, accusing the ruling party of enriching itself at the expense of the country.

Last year saw a sharp escalation in violence, and more than 15,000 people were forced to flee across the border to Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The death toll is unknown but scores of people are reported to have been killed in 2016, with both Frelimo and Renamo parties also suffering assassinations of local politicians by so-called “death squads”.

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