Opposition unites against Mugabe

Two factions of Zimbabwe's opposition party have decided to form a common front against President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF, claiming they now hold a majority of seats in parliament.


Two branches of Zimbabwe's main opposition party will join forces in parliament to form a majority against President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, the opposition leaders said at a joint press conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

"It's our pleasure to announce that our two formations in parliament have agreed to work together," said Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, speaking alongside Arthur Mutambara, head of a faction of the MDC.

"There will be no division amongst ourselves vis-a-vis the resolution of the Zimbabwean crisis. I'm here to show solidarity to the winner of the presidential election in Zimbabwe," Mutambara said, referring to Tsvangirai.

The two Movement for Democratic Change factions together control 109 seats against 97 seats for Mugabe's Zimbabwean African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party, according to early results from the March 29 elections.

Tsvangirai has also proclaimed himself the winner of a presidential election held on the same day. Results from the presidential vote have still not been released by the authorities, pending a prolonged partial recount of ballots.

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