Mozambique's opposition party extends ceasefire

PUBLISHED: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:53:59 GMT

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique’s Renamo opposition party has extended a ceasefire for two months to allow dialogue with President Filipe Nyusi’s government and reduce civilian deaths, its leader Afonso Dhlakama said on Tuesday.

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Rights groups estimate dozens of people were killed last year in tit-for-tat attacks between Renamo fighters and government forces.

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The two fought on opposing sides in a civil war from 1976 to 1992 in which 1 million people are thought to have died.

(Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Writing by Joe Brock; editing by John Stonestreet)

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