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Zimbabwe Opposition Faction's Leadership Gathers To Talk Strategy

The faction of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change faction led by party founding president Morgan Tsvangirai was to hold leadership meetings Friday to discuss a ruling party proposal to extend the term of President Robert Mugabe.

The Web-based news agency ZimOnline said the Tsvangirai MDC faction's national executive council would also talk about reuniting with the rival faction led by Arthur Mutambara. However, various Tsvangirai faction officials denied this.

Women’s Assembly Chairwoman Lucia Matibenga said that the MDC unity question was not as important as other issues on the agenda for top-level discussion.

Faction spokesman Nelson Chamisa told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that if MDC reunification is going to be taken up at the meeting it would have to be brought up by regional delegates as it was not on the agenda.

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