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Zimbabwe Opposition Factions Stake Out Positions On Crisis Mediation

South Africa has received preliminary responses from both factions of Zimbabwe's opposition giving their views of the crisis in their country and how President Thabo Mbeki should proceed with his brief from the Southern African Development Community to try to mediate a solution, officials in Pretoria said.

South African officials would not comment on the substance of those communications, and the secretary generals of the two Movement for Democratic Change factions - Tendai Biti of the faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube of the grouping headed by Arthur Mutambara - could not be reached Wednesday.

But spokesman Nelson Chamisa of the Tsvangirai MDC faction told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that a home-grown solution to the political and economic crisis is still the best option for Zimbabwe.

Spokesman Gabriel Chaibva of the Mutambara faction said that group’s main concern is to see a "people-driven" constitution drafted to pave the way for democracy.

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