Maputo — Renamo, Mozambique’s main opposition movement, has agreed to a process that will lead to it laying down its weapons. The agreement could remove a key obstacle to local elections that are planned for October but which have threatened by delays amid a dispute with the ruling Frelimo party. Frelimo had refused to pass a new electoral law until the Resistencia Nacional Mocambicana, or Renamo, disarmed. The two sides, which fought a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992 and left as many as a million people dead, have been in peace talks after fighting flared up again in 2013. The electoral commission last week postponed preparations for local elections scheduled to be held in October without the procedural law. The agreement was announced on Wednesday on state television by President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo co-ordinator Ossufo Momade. The deal includes an apparent breakthrough over the integration of former rebels into the police and army. "The (Renamo) leadership agreed with us....

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