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Zimbabwe Civil Society Umbrella Organization Reviews Crisis Strategy

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a grouping of some 350 civil society groups, held its annual general meeting Friday in Harare including a review of its strategy for dealing with a national political and economic crisis that has intensified in 2007.

Coalition Coordinator Jacob Mafume said about 60 members reviewed the outcome of the recent summit of the Southern African Development Community and conditions in the country ahead of March 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Mafume told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his group was prepared to work with the government of President Robert Mugabe if the Harare administration were willing to seek an end to the multi-year impasse.

The Crisis Coalition re-elected Arnold Tsunga as its chairman and elected Tabitha Khumalo vice chairperson, replacing Colin Gwiyo. Macdonald Lewanyika was designated spokesman, taking the place of Primrose Matambanadzo.

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