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Zimbabwe Opposition Cuts Ties With South Africa

Zimbabwe's main opposition party has cut ties with the South African government following its endorsement of parliamentary elections won by President Robert Mugabe's ruling party.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Paul Nyathi says there is no point in engaging with the South African government anymore.

Mr. Nyathi criticized the South African government for declaring what the opposition says were deeply-flawed March elections as free and fair. He said South Africa was there -- but did not bother to observe the elections properly.

South Africa has led mediation efforts on Zimbabwe's political crisis -- and has been slammed repeatedly by the opposition for its approach of so-called "quiet diplomacy" towards the Mugabe government.

The MDC has said the poll was rigged and it plans to contest the outcome of 13 seats in court.

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