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Mozambique Former Rebels Clash With Police in Northern Province

March 09, 2012

Mozambican police arrested 34 former National Resistance of Mozambique fighters after clashes in the northern Nampula province in which a policeman and a protester died, police spokesman Inacio Joao Dina said.

Police confiscated guns and ammunition from the former rebel fighters yesterday who were preparing to participate in protests, Dina said in a phone interview from Nampula today. Afonso Dhlakama, the opposition leader from Renamo, as the party is known, claims the ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique, known as Frelimo, rigged the election in 2009 and hasn’t fulfilled electoral promises.

Renamo fought an almost two-decade long civil war against Frelimo until 1992. Frelimo extended its rule since independence from Portugal in 1975 after winning 76 percent of the 2009 vote. Renamo won 16 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Katerere in Maputo at fkaterere@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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