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Analysts Find Lessons For Zimbabwe's Opposition In Kenyan Election

While post-election violence rages in Kenya, some observers in Zimbabwe say that country’s divided opposition might have contested the elections from a stronger position had it resolved its differences and contested as a united front.

President Mwai Kibaki claimed victory by some 200,000 votes over Raila Odinga of the main faction of the divided Orange Democratic Movement party, and contested official results show him beating the leader of opposition splinter ODM Kenya by an even wider margin. Had they joined forces, analysts say, the two opposition candidates might have well surpassed Kibaki’s reported 4.58 million votes.

Deputy Chairman George Mkhwananzi of the National Constitutional Assembly told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the Zimbabwean opposition should draw lessons from Kenya's election as it attempts to unseat President Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU-PF party.

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