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Zimbabwe Opposition Set To Lobby Regional Leaders At Lusaka Summit

The faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change led MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai said it will highlight events in Zimbabwe during a summit of the Southern African Development Community set to open Friday in Zambia.

Senior faction officials said they will engage all regional leaders ahead of the summit to inform them on the situation. The 27th SADC ordinary meeting is being held under the theme of “Infrastructure Development in Support of Regional Integration.”

At the meeting, which runs through August 18, President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia will take over the SADC chair from Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.

International Affairs Secretary Eliphas Mukonoweshuro of the Tsvangirai faction told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he expected the regional leaders to heed the MDC as a legitimate opposition party.

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