UPDATE 1-Mozambique government, Renamo opposition sign peace deal

lunes 25 de agosto de 2014 13:37 GYT

* Document signed seals peace between old civil war foes

* Includes amnesty law ahead of Oct. 15 elections

* Renamo leader Dhlakama confirms ceasefire ordered

* He will run for presidency once again in October vote (Adds comments by Dhlakama confirming the agreement)

By Manuel Mucari

MAPUTO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Mozambique's Frelimo government and the Renamo main opposition party have signed a formal end to hostilities, sealing a peace pact ahead of a presidential election scheduled for Oct 15, negotiators from both sides said.

The signing of the document late on Sunday declared an end to nearly two years of sporadic clashes between armed partisans of Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama and the security forces of President Armando Guebuza's government.

Elements of the peace accord had already been announced in recent weeks between the former civil war foes, including an amnesty law approved two weeks ago that will allow Dhlakama to leave his temporary hideaway in the bush and run for the presidency in the coming election.

The low-level clashes between Renamo guerrillas and the army and police since 2012 had raised fears of a lapse back to the chaos of the 1975-1992 civil war in the southern African state, which is developing big coal and offshore gas deposits with foreign investors.   Continuación...