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Mozambique election: Voting begins peacefully amid fears of renewed clashes

  • Voters prepare for casting their votes at a polling station as the country goes to the polls in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The recent discovery of some of the world's largest gas and coal reserves in the southern African country has changed Mozambique's status from a war-torn country to one that is attracting international investment. The winner of this year's election will control natural resources worth billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

    Voters prepare for casting their votes at a polling station as the country goes to the polls in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The recent discovery of some of the world's largest gas and coal reserves in the southern African country has changed Mozambique's status from a war-torn country to one that is attracting international investment. The winner of this year's election will control natural resources worth billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)  (The Associated Press)

  • Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station as the country goes to the polls in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The recent discovery of some of the world's largest gas and coal reserves in the southern African country has changed Mozambique's status from a war-torn country to one that is attracting international investment. The winner of this year's election will control natural resources worth billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

    Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station as the country goes to the polls in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The recent discovery of some of the world's largest gas and coal reserves in the southern African country has changed Mozambique's status from a war-torn country to one that is attracting international investment. The winner of this year's election will control natural resources worth billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman with a child on her back casts her vote at a polling station as the country goes to the polls in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The recent discovery of some of the world's largest gas and coal reserves in the southern African country has changed Mozambique's status from a war-torn country to one that is attracting international investment. The winner of this year's election will control natural resources worth billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

    A woman with a child on her back casts her vote at a polling station as the country goes to the polls in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The recent discovery of some of the world's largest gas and coal reserves in the southern African country has changed Mozambique's status from a war-torn country to one that is attracting international investment. The winner of this year's election will control natural resources worth billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)  (The Associated Press)

Voting in Mozambique's national election began peacefully Wednesday.

The election comes just months after a peace accord between the ruling Frelimo party and the opposition, Renamo, ended nearly two years of sporadic fighting in the north of the country. The two political parties were once guerrilla movements, fighting each other in the southeastern African nation's brutal civil war.

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama said he was confident that the election would be free and fair, after casting his vote in the capital Maputo.

Frelimo candidate Filipe Nyusi also cast his vote in the capital while the presidential candidate for the recently formed Mozambique Democracy Movement, Daviz Simango, voted in the country's second largest city Beira.

Mozambicans are also voting for representatives in the 250-member National Assembly.