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Title:Constructing Opposition in Mozambique: Renamo as Political Party
Author:Manning, Carrie
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:Mozambique
opposition parties
Politics and Government
Abstract:This article examines the transformation of Renamo from a guerrilla movement, long perceived both abroad and by many Mozambicans as a puppet of the South African apartheid regime, into a political party capable of effectively contesting Mozambique's 1994 general elections. A good deal of attention has correctly been focused on the role of the international community in funding Renamo's 'political miracle'. This article seeks to dig a bit deeper into the nature of Renamo's 'political development' by exploring its attempts to construct a political core during the latter years of the war, in order to boost its image at home and aboad and, eventually, to prepare for a peace agreement. The article differs from other studies on Renamo in two ways: it focuses on nonmilitary aspects of Renamo's organization (in particular its recruitment system), and looks at Renamo from the perspective of those who found themselves serving in the organization's political and administrative structures at the end of the war (1992). Notes, ref., sum.