The election is widely expected to result in the ruling Frelimo party extending its decades-long rule over a nation that is set to become one of the world's leading gas exporters.
Mozambique's president and the leader of the country's main opposition group signed a new peace accord Tuesday, pledging to end years of violence and facilitate elections in the fall.
Mozambique's president and the leader of the Renamo opposition will also sign another agreement in August pledging peace in the upcoming national elections on October 15, 2019.
Afonso Dhlakama died last week in his hideout in the Gorongosa mountains, aged 65, without nominating a successor.
The killing of the opposition movement official comes just days before opposition figures were set to hold a meeting with the government aimed at resuming a stalled peace process.
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