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Vol 46 No 8

Published 15th April 2005


Zimbabwe

Future shock

The unfree and unfair election has left both parties in disarray as new alliances are planned

Zimbabweans are reeling from the aftershock of the country's third disputed elections. Although the opposition Movement for Democratic Change MPs attended the swearing in of the new parliament on 12 April, it has published a report alleging massive fraud in the 31 March poll. In the official results, President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front won 78 seats and is allowed to appoint a further 30 non-constituency MPs, giving it the comfortable two-thirds majority it needs to change the constitution. The MDC won 41 of the 120 elected seats.

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