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Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai-Led Opposition Proposes To Downsize Cabinet

Zimbabwe opposition leader and presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai Tuesday rolled out a major policy statement for his Movement for Democratic Change detailing how his MDC formation would rule if it comes to power in March 29 elections.

Addressing a breakfast meeting heavily attended by diplomats, Tsvangirai said the paper offers comprehensive solutions to the economic crisis, land reform, governance, education, industry, transport, housing and other problematic sectors. Among other initiatives the document proposes to trim the cabinet to 15 ministers from 52 now.

Correspondent Sylvia Manika of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported.

Elsewhere, Tsvangirai's grouping of the divided MDC has registered a complaint with the Zimbabwe Electoral commission over violence against and arrests of its members.

The formation said it submitted evidence Friday to the commission on cases of alleged political violence and arrests carried out by police for seemingly partisan motives.

Spokesman Gabriel Chaibva of the rival MDC grouping headed by Arthur Mutambara said that his formation is compiling evidence concerning what he said is a rising number of cases of politically motivated assault and harassment.

A ZEC spokesman, Shupikai Machereni, declined to comment, referring questions to Deputy Chief Operations Officer Utloile Silaigwana, who could not be reached.

Elections Director Dennis Murira of the Tsvangirai MDC grouping told reporter Carole Gombakomba that if ZEC fails to take action, his party will seek relief in the courts.

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