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A show of respect for prime minister

August 12, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Zimbabwean generals known as hard-line supporters of President Robert Mugabe saluted former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, a gesture welcomed as a public boost for the country's struggling coalition government.

During presidential campaigning last year, generals vowed never to salute Tsvangirai, saying their loyalty was to Mugabe. But they showed Tsvangirai that mark of respect as he attended his first Armed Forces Day ceremony as prime minister.

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