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Mozambique rebels inch toward deal on joining army

Mozambican rebel group Renamo said Thursday it had reached an understanding with the government to integrate its fighters into the national army and police under the supervision of international observers. Renamo spokesman Adriano Muchunga said international military experts would help identify eligible guerillas to join the security forces in a bid to end fighting that has flared up again two decades after the end of the country's 16-year civil war. "Whoever is of the right age and has the physical ability and know-how will join the police," Muchunga told AFP.

Mozambique rebels inch toward deal on joining army

Mozambican rebel group Renamo said Thursday it had reached an understanding with the government to integrate its fighters into the national army and police under the supervision of international observers. Renamo spokesman Adriano Muchunga said international military experts would help identify eligible guerillas to join the security forces in a bid to end fighting that has flared up again two decades after the end of the country's 16-year civil war. "Whoever is of the right age and has the physical ability and know-how will join the police," Muchunga told AFP.

Mozambique says rebels attack Vale coal train, injuring one

Mozambique's government accused revived rebel movement Renamo Wednesday of attacking a coal train belonging to Brazilian miner Vale, as a simmering conflict struck a vital artery of the country's economy. "Renamo shot at a train transporting coal and hit the driver in the leg," deputy interior minister Jose Mandra said on state-run radio, describing the attack in central Sofala province late Tuesday despite ongoing peace talks.

Mozambique says rebels attack Vale coal train, injuring one

Mozambique's government accused revived rebel movement Renamo Wednesday of attacking a coal train belonging to Brazilian miner Vale, as a simmering conflict struck a vital artery of the country's economy. "Renamo shot at a train transporting coal and hit the driver in the leg," deputy interior minister Jose Mandra said on state-run radio, describing the attack in central Sofala province late Tuesday despite peace talks between the parties.

Unrest threatens Mozambique demining target

Mozambique will likely miss a deadline to rid the country of landmines laid during the bloody civil war due to skirmishes between the army and former rebels, an official said on Monday. Mozambique was supposed to clear the last tracts of mined land by the end of this year, but clashes between government forces and the revived Renamo rebel movement could make that impossible. "Without a ceasefire I don't think we will reach (the target), because we cannot jeopardise (our staff)," Alberto Augusto, the director of Mozambique's National Demining Institute told AFP.

4 Mozambican police killed by suspected ex-rebel Renamo

Suspected members of Mozambique's ex-rebel movement turned opposition Renamo killed four policemen and wounded five others at the weekend, local media reported on Tuesday. "Four members of the border police died and five were wounded as a result of an attack by armed men from Renamo on Sunday morning in the district of Gorongosa," independent daily, O Pais said. The ambush took place in the Mussicadzi district, 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the Gorongosa mountains in central, Sofala province, said the paper.

Mozambique's Frelimo selects Guebuza loyalist as presidential candidate

By Manuel Mucari MAPUTO (Reuters) - Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party early on Sunday picked Defense Minister Filipe Nyusi, a close ally of current two-term President Armando Guebuza, to be its candidate for an election in October that will choose the country's next leader. Frelimo's Central Committee voted by a two-thirds margin for Nyusi, 56, after an internal debate in which Guebuza loyalists beat off a challenge from a rival group backing former Prime Minister Luisa Diogo to be the candidate.

Mozambique's Frelimo picks presidential candidate

Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party picked Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi as its presidential candidate late Saturday, a decision likely to see current President Armando Guebuza maintain influence even after he steps down following October polls. "Filipe Nyussi won with 68 percent," party spokesman Damiao Jose told AFP early Sunday following two rounds of voting. Members of the party's powerful central committee burst into song and jostled to congratulate the minister after its caucus ended at midnight in the city Matola outside the capital Maputo.

Mozambique's Frelimo picks presidential candidate

Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party picked Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi as its presidential candidate late Saturday, a decision likely to see current President Armando Guebuza maintain influence even after he steps down following October polls. "Filipe Nyussi won with 68 percent," party spokesman Damiao Jose told AFP shortly after midnight Sunday following two rounds of voting. Members of the party's powerful central committee burst into song and jostled to congratulate the minister after its caucus ended midnight.

Mozambique's ruling party meets to pick next leader

Members of Mozambique's ruling party gathered Thursday to pick a new leader, likely the country's next president, amid signs incumbent Armando Guebuza may struggle to hand-pick his successor. Frelimo members began five days of deliberations outside the capital Maputo, as an internal rebellion over Guebuza's three "pre-selected" candidates bubbled to the surface. Guebuza, 71, has led Mozambique since 2005, but he will step down at elections later this year, having served his maximum two terms in office.
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