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Vol 44 No 11

Published 30th May 2003


Zimbabwe

What's next?

A messy endgame looms unless government and opposition start serious negotiations

Zimbabweans have been thronging the banks in Bulawayo and Harare this week desperate for cash to stock up on necessities before the opposition's planned general strike. That Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, should advise Zimbabweans to prepare for an extended general strike in the first week of June shows the opposition's new confidence. After three years on the defensive, the MDC is resurgent; but the response from the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is almost certain to be violent.

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