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Mozambique opposition, president ratify peace pact

Renamo and the Frelimo government formally signed the peace deal last week.

Mozambique Presdent Armando Guebuza. Picture: EWN.

MAPUTO - Mozambique opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama and President Armando Guebuza ratified a peace deal in the capital on Friday, ending nearly two years of low-level guerrilla insurgency ahead of the 15 October election.

Dhlakama returned to the capital on Thursday after two years in hiding during which time armed members of his Renamo party clashed sporadically with government forces.

Renamo and the Frelimo government formally signed the peace deal last week, paving the way for Dhlakama's emergence from the bush to give the agreement his personal endorsement and take part in the poll.

Dhlakama and Guebuza signed the pact in the presidential compound at a ceremony attended by diplomats and journalists.

Frelimo is expected to win a hefty majority in the election.