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Zimbabwe's PM Calls for Exiles to Return Home


Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called on exiles to return home during a speech in London Saturday, but his words were poorly received.

Mr. Tsvangirai told a crowd of about 1,000 Zimbabwean exiles living in Britain to "come home," prompting many in the crowd to boo and shout "Mugabe must go!"

Prime Minister Tsvangirai entered a power-sharing government in February with his longtime rival President Robert Mugabe, who is blamed for ruining the country's economy and human rights abuses.

Mr. Tsvangirai says Zimbabwe needs professional and business people to return home and help rebuild the shattered country.

Mr. Tsvangirai is on an international tour aimed at winning political and financial support for rebuilding Zimbabwe's economy and infrastructure.

The United States has pledged $73 million and European countries have pledged smaller amounts. International leaders have warned that Zimbabwe must take steps toward democracy and improve its human rights record before more aid will be provided.

Zimbabwe's unity government has been plagued by internal disputes.

Mr. Tsvangirai and Mr. Mugabe agreed to a power-sharing deal after disputed presidential elections in 2008.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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