In a bid to redistribute power to the country’s provinces, Mozambiquan President Filipe Nyusi is proposing constitutional changes aimed at securing a long-term peace agreement with the main opposition party, Reuters reported.

Under the proposed bill, political parties that win provincial parliamentary elections will be able to select regional governors, whom the president would need to approve, Nyusi confirmed on Wednesday.

The proposed bill follows talks between the president and Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of the opposition party Renamo.

“The consensus reached up to now is a giant step forward in the search for an effective and definitive peace,” Nyusi said in a televised speech.

Clashes between Renamo fighters and the ruling Frelimo have erupted sporadically since Renamo challenged the results of a 2014 election.

Due to most of the fighting taking place in the East African country’s interior there has been no confirmation of the number of casualties.

Renamo, which has six parliamentary seats, has been calling for the right to elect its own governors in six districts where it won a majority in the polls three years ago.

Former Marxist liberation movement, Frelimo fought a 16-year civil war with Renamo which withdrew from the 1992 peace deal that ended the fighting.

- African News Agency (ANA)