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Zimbabwe Opposition Coalition Mobilizes Against Election Rescheduling


The Save Zimbabwe Campaign, a coalition of civil society groups, political parties and labor unions, Thursday announced it is launching a campaign to oppose the ruling party’s bid to postpone the presidential election of 2008 for two years.

The Save Zimbabwe Campaign's general council met today and resolved to petition parliament, organize street protests and mobilize voters against the ZANU-PF plan to "harmonize" presidential and general elections by postponing the presidential ballot schedule for 2008 until 2010, when the next general election is due.

Critics maintain that the so-called harmonization is simply a ploy to extend the term of President Robert Mugabe and defer a divisive succession struggle in ZANU-PF.

Present at the meeting were Movement for Democratic Change founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Secretary General Wellington Chibebe, and leaders of non-governmental organizations.

Save Zimbabwe Campaign spokesman Jonathan Gokovah told Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the Save Zimbabwe Campaign is determined to resist the election "harmonization" and the extension of Mr. Mugabe's term.

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