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Zimbabwe Civic Groups Seek To Block Change In Election Schedule


The Save Zimbabwe Campaign coalition of opposition forces is promising a new wave of protests in opposition to a ruling party plan to postpone the presidential election due in 2008 for two years, effectively extending President Mugabe’s term.

Save Zimbabwe member organizations are proposing instead that the presidential and general elections both be scheduled in 2008, achieving the "harmonization" that the president's ZANU-PF party says the motive for the proposed rescheduling.

The Save Zimbabwe initiative is backed by member organizations including both of the Movement for Democratic Change's rival factions, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the National Students Union and the Bulawayo Agenda, among others.

Campaign spokesman Useni Sibanda declined to say what specific protest actions are contemplated, but told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the effort to block the ZANU-PF plan will be a process, not a one day affair.

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