Mozambique opposition party leader Afonso Dhlakama was laid to rest at his remote birth village Magunde in Sofala Province.

Dhlakama’s unexpected death threw the country’s peace process into uncertainty.

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral in central Sofala Province – a heartland of support for the Renamo group that he led for nearly 40 years.

Dhlakama died of a suspected heart attack last week aged 65.

He declared a truce in 2016 and had recently pursued peace talks with President Filipe Nyusi, leader of the ruling Frelimo party.

Some people perched on trees to watch the burial.

Renamo appointed former party deputy, Ossufo Momade, as its interim leader. He will stand until the party’s next congress.

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