Mozambique: Dhlakama’s death raises questions of stability

Issue 369 - 18 May 2018 | 2 minute read

Serious questions about stability have been raised by the death of veteran opponent Afonso Dhlakama, who was believed to be close to negotiating a definitive peace deal with President Filipe Nyusi and was set to run once more for the presidency next year as candidate of his Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo). Given his personal hold over the party, there are questions of whether Renamo will collapse following Dhlakama’s death, or whether a new generation of leaders will emerge who might continue armed resistance to the domination of the ruling Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo).

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