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Vol 56 No 7

Published 3rd April 2015


Zimbabwe

Bye any means

Renewed opposition factionalism means that some MPs are being recalled and bye-elections have to be held

Sixteen bye-elections, most of them triggered by the opposition, will be held on 10 June, parliamentary officials have decided. In the interim, the number could rise through further recalls. Normally, bye-elections should give a snapshot of the relative strengths of the main political parties and even of the standing of the various factions within them but there seems to be a strange reluctance among outspoken figures to submit to the scrutiny of the electors.

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