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Zimbabwe opposition rally ahead of polls

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 - 01:19

July 29 - The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition promises change and a return to rule of law ahead of Wednesday's general election. Jessica Gray reports.

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Thousands of supporters of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, gather at rally south of the capital on Sunday. With elections just days away, MDC head Morgan Tsvangirai promised to rebuild the country and encourage foreign investment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF THE OPPOSITION MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE PARTY, AND PRIME MINISTER, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, SAYING: "What we want to do is to build and not to destroy, what we want to do is to make sure that we focus on the issues affecting these people." This is the 61-year-old's third attempt to unseat incumbent Robert Mugabe, who he blames for poor investment and international sanctions. Tsvangirai is a member of Zimbabwe's power-sharing government following disputed polls in 2008. Although he had won more votes than Mugabe, the tally was not enough to avoid a run-off with his rival, who eventually took office as president once again, despite claims his party had used violence and intimidation tactics to win votes. The MDC says it believes the president's party is prepared to rig the vote, while Mugabe has threatened to arrest Tsvangirai if he announces a win before results are officially announced.

Zimbabwe opposition rally ahead of polls

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 - 01:19

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