A prominent constitutional lawyer has died after being shot outside a cafe in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.

Gilles Cistac, of French origin, was a central figure in a sensitive debate about autonomy for Mozambique”s provinces and decentralising power.

He said that such a move – a demand of the opposition Renamo party – would be constitutional.

Maputo Central Hospital director Joao Fumane said Mr Cistac died after four hours of surgery.

Earlier, a spokesman for President Filipe Nyusi said the government considered the shooting a “macabre act” and strongly condemned it.

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