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MAPUTO, Mozambique – 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.