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Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Warns of 'Serious Conflict' If Crisis Not Resolved


Founding President Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change warned the government Friday of the potential for serious conflict unless there was progress on a broad range of political issues. His remarks amounted to an ultimatum to President Robert Mugabe to join the opposition and international diplomats in a political solution or face MDC-organized mass protests.

Addressing a news conference in Harare following a meeting of the National Executive Council of his faction of Zimbabwe's divided opposition, Tsvangirai listed four areas in which he wanted to see progress: constitutional reform involving the participation of all stakeholders; an acceptable process for transition from rule by Mr. Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party to multi-party democracy; fresh elections organized by international partners; and reconstruction and stabilization after such a transition takes place.

Tsvangirai, recently returned from a swing through European capitals, said he would continue to campaign at home and abroad for a solution to the crisis. But if a solution is not found, he warned, "serious conflict is the only end-game in town.”

Reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe asked faction spokesman Nelson Chamisa for more on the strategic agenda outlined by Tsvangirai.

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