Mozambique Shakes Up Security Sector as Peace Talks Show Signs of Progress

Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, president of Mozambique, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly, New York City, Sept. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Frank Franklin II).
Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, president of Mozambique, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly, New York City, Sept. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Frank Franklin II).
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Last week, Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, made several high-profile personnel changes in the state’s intelligence service and security sector. The reshuffle followed a strong endorsement of Nyusi’s leadership at the latest congress of the ruling Frelimo party, as well as a wave of violent attacks on police and politicians. In August, Nyusi met face-to-face with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Renamo opposition party, for the first time since 2015. Frelimo and Renamo fought against each other in a civil war that killed an estimated 1 million people from 1976 to 1992, and a flare-up in violence since 2013 has sparked […]

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