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Sant’Egidio brokers peace deal in Mozambique

Catholic World News - September 03, 2014

The Community of Sant’Egidio has helped broker a peace deal between the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the government of Mozambique, the Fides news agency reported.

In 1992, the Italian Catholic lay community helped end the civil war between RENAMO and the nation’s government, which had been Communist throughout the 1980s.

In 2012, the leader of RENAMO, who had finished in second place in the presidential elections of 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009, launched an insurgency against the government.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the government will grant amnesty to RENAMO’s leader and integrate RENAMO forces into the southeast African nation’s army, according to the South African Press Association.

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