Mozambique opposition chief registers for October vote, says wants peace

VUNDUZI, Mozambique Thu May 8, 2014 11:31am EDT

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VUNDUZI, Mozambique (Reuters) - Mozambique's Renamo opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama registered on Thursday as a voter for a presidential election in October, which would legally allow him to run as a candidate, a witness to his registration said.

Dhlakama, who has lived in the bush for more than a year to escape what he said was government persecution, told reporters he was interested in finalizing a deal with President Armando Guebuza's Frelimo administration to maintain peace in Mozambique and end a low-level Renamo insurgency.

(Reporting by Rodrigues Luis and Manuel Mucari; Writing by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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