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Mozambique: Dissident Renamo Faction Threatens Attacks If Government Proceeds With Oct. 15 Election

1 MIN READSep 19, 2019 | 15:30 GMT

What Happened: A dissident faction of the Mozambique National Resistance Movement, better known as Renamo, will step up attacks if the country's government moves forward with plans to hold nationwide elections on Oct. 15, according to the group's leader, Jeune Afrique reported Sept. 19.

Why It Matters: Renamo's threats come after the group signed a peace deal with the Mozambican government on Aug. 1. While it currently appears that the agreement might prevail, the risk of renewed violence will likely continue.

Background: The Mozambican government and Renamo agreed to an uneasy peace deal in July after both sides fought each other for many years during and after the Cold War. However, recurring attacks on Renamo politicians and continued threats are underscoring the risk of renewed violence.

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