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Zimbabwe / Talks - react - 2002-04-04


ZIMBABWE'S MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY, THE M-D-C, SAYS THE ONLY REASON IT'S HOLDING TALKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT IS TO PUSH FOR FRESH ELECTIONS. IT SAYS IT'S NOT INTERESTED IN JOINING THE RULING ZANU-PF IN A GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY, AS SUGGESTED BY NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA. BUT PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE HAS RULED OUT FRESH ELECTIONS, INSISTING HE WAS THE WINNER OF LAST MONTH'S BITTERLY CONTESTED VOTE. DAVID COLTART IS THE M-D-C SHADOW MINISTER FOR LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS. HE TOLD REPORTER CHINEDU OFFOR FROM BULAWAYO THAT THE PARTY IS TAKING PART IN THE TALKS AS A SIGN OF RESPECT FOR PRESIDENTS OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND THABO MBEKI.

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