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Reshuffle of 'Thematic' Chairs in Zimbabwe Constitutional Revision Process

Zimbabwean Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga said the three parties in the unity government will chair an equal number of so-called thematic committees being set up to solicit public opinion on various aspects of the new constitution being drafted.

Each of the parties will chair five committees, with two going to traditional chiefs.

Previously the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai each chaired seven committees with just one each going to Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara's MDC and the chiefs.

Matinenga told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the change is consistent with the representation of parties in the 2008 negotiations on power-sharing which resulted in the September 2008 Global Political Agreement underpinning the unity government.

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