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Opposition in Show of Unity Despite Shuffle at Top

Officials of the Movement for Democratic Change were tight-lipped following a meeting Friday of the opposition’s national executive council that was widely expected to take up a shuffle earlier this week of senior posts by party chief Morgan Tsvangirai.

MDC sources Thursday told VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Mr. Tsvangirai had dismissed his shadow cabinet, distributing the portfolios to members of parliament with relevant committee assignments. The sources also said that he dissolved or reduced the influence of an informal board of advisors known as the Top Six, among whom figured the party’s secretary general, Welshman Ncube.

Sources also described a cleavage within the party between factions backing Mr. Tsvangirai, a former trade unionist, and Mr. Ncube, a professor of law.

But MDC spokesman Paul Themba-Nyathi told Studio 7 that the meeting today was uneventful, insisting that the opposition is as unified as ever.

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