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Harare Congress Tests Tsvangirai Charisma, Leadership

Months of divisions within Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change have culminated in two separate party congresses, the second of which, organized in Harare by the faction backing founding MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai, seeks to reconfirm Tsvangirai's leadership role and relaunch the faction he heads.

Though the Friday-Sunday congress will select a new party leadership, analysts say it is more of a referendum on Tsvangirai's leadership style amidst the deep - and, some would say, fatal - split within the country's main opposition party. Such analysts see two possible outcomes: Tsvangirai's status as opposition leader could be bolstered, or he could emerge diminished if is unable to send a convincing message and generate true enthusiasm among his base and among those leaning toward his rivals.

Reporter Chinedu Offor of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe looks at the challenges facing Tsvangirai with the help of those who know him well or opposed him politically.

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