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Mugabe jeered in parliament

August 27, 2008|From Time Wire Reports

Opposition legislators jeered President Robert Mugabe, singing and chanting and sometimes drowning out his voice as he opened Zimbabwe's parliament.

The rare show of defiance, broadcast live on national television, set the stage for a combative legislature, even as Mugabe and his political foes try to negotiate a power-sharing arrangement after disputed elections.

Looking annoyed, Mugabe first raised his voice, then raced through the final lines of a speech railing against the West for sanctions it has imposed on people and companies linked to him, including travel bans and asset freezes.

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