Representatives of a broad range of Zimbabwean civic groups agreed Tuesday that the best way out of the country's post-election crisis is the establishment of a transitional government to overhaul the constitution and prepare the ground for new national elections.

The civil society leaders expressed opposition to a government of national unity which would proposed to reconcile differences between President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change formation of Morgan Tsvangirai.

The leaders of around 40 nongovernmental organizations who met in Harare urged that the transitional government or authority be given a mandate no longer than 18 months. They said it should be neutral and not aligned to any political party.

National Constitutional Assembly Chairman Lovemore Madhuku told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that civil society will reject a national unity government that does not have the best interests of the Zimbabwean people at heart.

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