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Zimbabwean Opposition Asks High Court to Enforce Suspension of Party Leader

Members of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the MDC, have asked the country’s high court to enforce their suspension of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Mr. Tsvangirai has dismissed the suspension. It was issued by a party disciplinary committee two weeks ago amid a row about November’s senatorial election.

The MDC has been bogged down in infighting over Mr. Tsvangirai's decision to call a boycott of the election. The ruling party of President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe African National Union, or ZANU, took 43 of the 50 contested seats. The MDC picked up seven seats. High court judge Yunus Omerjee has reserved judgment indefinitely in the case.

Dave Coltart is a member of parliament and the MDC’s secretary for legal affairs. English to Africa reporter Ashenafi Abedje asked him why those going to court think Mr. Tsvangirai should be suspended.