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Friday, 22 August 2014
Mozambique's election spoilers? Assessing the impact of former Renamo rebels
When Mozambicans take to the polls on 15 October 2014, all eyes will be on Renamo, its leader, and the rebels who broke away from the party.
Although about 30 parties will contest the fifth democratic elections for presidential, provincial and municipal leadership, the top three contenders are traditional former rivals Frelimo and Renamo, along with newcomer Movimento Democratico de Mocambique (MDM), which broke away from Renamo.
It is encouraging that the former Renamo rebels who mounted an armed resistance against government forces in the central region have now agreed to a ceasefire. But whether Afonso Dhlakama, Renamo's presidential candidate, will maintain the newfound peace if he loses the presidential bid, remains to be seen.
This seminar will consider the impact that armed former Renamo rebels may have on the elections and the post election environment of the country. Will Dhlakama concede defeat, in case he loses the elections? Will he finally agree to disarm afterwards? And what safeguards have negotiators in the current talks put in place to guarantee the ceasefire?
4 September 2014
Registration at 10h00 Seminar from 10h30 - 12h30
Conference room, ISS Pretoria
Nelson Alusala, Consultant, Transnational Threats and International Crime division, ISS Pretoria
Stephanie Wolters, Head, Conflict prevention and risk analysis division, ISS Pretoria
Genoveva Talita Garoupa, National Director, Ministry of Combatants, National Directorate for Social Reintegration, Mozambique