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/ 15 May 2008

Zim opposition furious at run-off delay

Zimbabwe’s opposition reacted furiously on Thursday to the prospect of a run-off poll being delayed until the end of July, accusing authorities of flouting the law to help President Robert Mugabe cling to power. The Movement for Democratic Change feared the delay would be used to intensify a campaign of violence and intimidation.

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/ 21 April 2008

Zim activists charged over election violence

Twenty-eight Zimbabwean activists were charged on Monday over post-election violence as Britain condemned a ballot recount as an attempt by President Robert Mugabe to "steal" the vote. The hearing at the Harare Magistrates’ Court came as Mugabe’s government rejected allegations that it was arming groups of vigilantes.

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/ 11 March 2008

Warning sounded over Zim equity law

A new equity law passed by President Robert Mugabe to ensure the population gets a majority stake in public-owned firms will plunge Zimbabwe into deeper economic woes, analysts predicted on Monday. "It will entail the destruction of the economy," Harare-based economist Godfrey Kanyenze said.

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/ 1 November 2007

Africa rallies to Mugabe over summit

A failed British bid to exclude Robert Mugabe from an upcoming European summit played straight into the hands of the Zimbabwean president, who gained instinctive support from his African peers, analysts said. Portugal said on Wednesday that invitations would be issued to all African states who would be free to decide themselves on the composition of their delegation.

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/ 18 September 2007

Zim govt, MDC reach deal on elections

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party reached an agreement on Tuesday with the government on the adoption of a Bill that paves the way for joint presidential and legislative elections next year. In a surprise move announced in Parliament, senior members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said they would not try to block legislation to amend the Constitution.

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/ 13 September 2006

Zim police thwart union protests

Opponents of veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe abandoned plans on Wednesday for a series of anti-government protests after the organisers were arrested in a police crackdown. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions had hoped thousands of protesters would take to the streets in nationwide rallies to denounce fuel and food shortages.

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/ 21 August 2006

Chaos as Zim switches to new currency

Zimbabweans struggled to dispose of their soon-to-be worthless cash Monday as shops and businesses refused to accept old bank notes ahead of a deadline to convert to a new currency. In a move aimed at fighting runaway inflation, Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank slashed three zeros from its currency on July 31 and set a 21-day ultimatum for old notes to be handed in.

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/ 22 May 2006

Zimbabweans ‘living from hand to mouth’

As Zimbabwe reels under a world-record inflation of 1 042,9%, many are forsaking meals and walking or cycling for scores of kilometres to work every day in a tortuous battle to survive. Zimbabwe is going through the seventh year of economic recession characterised by four-digit inflation, shortages of basic foodstuffs while at least 80% of the population lives below the poverty threshold.