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  •  MAJOR UPDATE - ZANU-PF SPLITTING? (5+ / 0-)

    Check out this article from the Indpendent (UK).

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    Zimbabwe's fragile power-sharing government was already falling apart last night after a deputy minister from the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change was seized at an airport in Harare and charged with treason. With the new government less than 48 hours old, "rogue elements" within the security forces are trying to sabotage the deal, according to senior MDC sources.

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    The abduction underlined the chaos in Harare as competing factions within Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party gave contradictory orders to the police and security services. Senior figures in the military who have frequently said they would not serve under an opposition-led administration are thought to be trying to undermine the unity government and force the MDC to walk away.

    A Mugabe lieutenant, Emmerson Mnangagwaordered Mr Bennett's release but that order has so far been ignored. "This gives the worst possible impression from every point of view," said Eddie Cross, another MDC minister in the unity government. But he said they could not be bullied into giving up: "We're determined to make this work if at all possible."

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