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In Italy, Zimbabwean PM Tsvangirai Touts His Govt's Economic Achievements

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said after meeting with Mr. Tsvangirai that his country was closely following political developments in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said that although his unity government has not achieved political stability, it has managed to set the economy back on its feet.

Mr. Tsvangirai, said late Monday during an official visit to Italy that the economy is on the rebound and that gross domestic product should expand by 8 percent in 2011.

Mr. Tsvangirai met with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini who said in a statement that his country was closely following political developments in Zimbabwe.

Frattini added that measures should be put in place to ensure the next election is credible. He said Italians are interested in pursuing investment opportunities in Zimbabwe.

But spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo of Mr. Tsvangirai's formation of the Movement for Democratic Change told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that threats by President Robert Mugabe to seize foreign-owned firms are deterring international investors.

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