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New opposition party launched

A group of independent politicians in Zimbabwe launched a new opposition party at the weekend saying the country was “crying for new leadership, fresh ideas, democracy and accountability”.

The unveiling of the Zimbabwe Union of Democrats (ZUD) was announced at a press conference by its leader, Margaret Dongo, the only independent member of the country’s 150-seat parliament to challenge President Robert Mugabe and his governing ZANU-PF party which has been in power since independence in 1980. She said the party, in preparation for the general election in the year 2000, would launch offices through the country’s 10 provinces.

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