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Zimbabwe's MDC to boycott parly opening

27 August 2013, 11:43

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's MDC party says its MPs will boycott the official opening of the country’s seventh parliament, arguing that attending the ceremony "is tantamount to legitimising the manner [President Robert] Mugabe was elected" in last month's elections, a report has said.

According to newzimbabwe.com, MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the party would also direct its MPs to abstain from voting for Speaker and Senate president.

"I don’t think the MDC will be able to provide a candidate for the Speaker position as technically we do not have the numbers to win against Zanu-PF," Mwonzora said.

"We will also not support any Zanu-PF candidate for the position and what it simply means is that we are not going to vote.

"Attending the official opening ceremony and listening to the speech is tantamount to legitimising the manner Mugabe was elected, yet we know the election was stolen."

Morgan Tsvangirai's party initially considered asking all its MPs not to take up their posts in parliament, claiming the 31 July elections had been rigged by Zanu-PF. But the plan was abandoned over fears of a rebellion.

- News24


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