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Zimbabwe Opposition Faction Starts Assembling 2008 Election Slate

The Zimbabwean opposition faction led by Arthur Mutambara says it is taking resumes from people who would like to run for office in next year's watershed general election.

But faction officials said that for the time being they are only accepting candidates for existing seats and not for the additional 80 constituencies that could be established if parliament passes controversial constitutional amendment legislation proposed by the ruling ZANU-PF party and generally seen as improving its election odds.

Faction Deputy Spokesman Abednico Bhebhe told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that final selection of candidates will begin only after parliament has disposed of the amendment one way or another - then the formation will call a special congress to nominate its candidate for the presidency.

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