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Zimbabwe Information Minister Barred in Parliamentary Vote

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Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has rejected the campaign of Information Minister Jonathan Moyo in this year's parliamentary elections.

The state-run Herald newspaper reports today (Monday) that Mr. Moyo's name is not included in a new list of candidates in upcoming primary votes.

It says Mr. Moyo was planning to compete in a district (Tsholotsho) that has been reserved for female candidates.

President Robert Mugabe has said he will only choose elected lawmakers for his cabinet after the elections.

The Herald reports the primary list also does not include Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, former Harare mayor Tony Gara, and war veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba.

Also missing is current lawmaker Philip Chiyangwa, who was jailed last month on charges of spying.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Herald.