Mozambican state broadcaster TVM said former guerrilla leader, Afonso Dhlakama, who was due to run for the presidency next year, has died.
The 65-year old was found dead in the central town of Gorongosa, a party stronghold.
Dhlakama’s forces and the ruling Frelimo party fought a long bush war, in which around one million people are believed to have died. It was ended in 1992 under a peace accord.
Dhlakama’s party has fought with government forces since he lost a disputed election four years ago, and was set to run again for the presidency next year.