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Zimbabwe Opposition Tsvangirai Faction Proposes Unity Against Mugabe

The faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change headed by MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai said Monday that it intends to form a united front of all democratic forces to defeat President Robert Mugabe in 2008 elections.

The MDC grouping said it will approach the rival faction of Arthur Mutambara, other opposition parties and civic groups with its proposal for common action. Following the MDC's rancorous split in late 2005 over whether to contest elections for a new senate and subsequent efforts to patch up their differences have come to naught.

Tsvangirai faction spokesman Nelson Chamisa told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the MDC's Christmas present to the nation this year will be a united political front.

The Mutambara faction declined to comment immediately on the overture.

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