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March 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Roy Bennett, an official in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, was released on bail by order of Zimbabwe's Supreme Court, and he called for forgiveness and reconciliation in the country. His release after almost a month in jail on terrorism charges could ease tension in the power-sharing government of President Robert Mugabe and Tsvangirai, which faces the task of rebuilding a shattered economy.
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November 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he would stay in the government and challenge President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF to implement last year's political deal in full. Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change was suspending last month's Cabinet boycott, imposed in response to what it said was Mugabe's refusal to abide by the agreement. Tsvangirai told party supporters at a rally outside Harare, the capital, that the boycott was a wake-up call for Mugabe not to regard his party as a junior partner in the fragile 9-month-old coalition.
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June 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe's High Court ordered police to release an opposition member of parliament who was arrested Saturday for the second time in a week amid mounting tensions before this month's presidential runoff. Eric Matinenga was initially arrested June 1 on charges of inciting public violence. He had been released Thursday after charges were dropped. The opposition says President Robert Mugabe's government is trying to sabotage Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai's campaign.
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September 12, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Bitter rivals in Zimbabwe reached a power-sharing deal Thursday that leaves Robert Mugabe president and in control of the armed forces, but gives his opponents hope for enough power to rescue the shattered country. The complicated agreement would make Mugabe's rival, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change, prime minister and create a government whose ministers would meet twice in parallel structures, once with the prime minister in charge and once under the president.
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May 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai postponed his return home for a presidential runoff election after his party said it had discovered an assassination plot against him. Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change, has been out of Zimbabwe for more than a month. He had been due to return from Europe to campaign for the June 27 second-round ballot against President Robert Mugabe.
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May 31, 2008 | From Times wire reports
The main opposition group declared itself Zimbabwe's new ruling party and convened what it called a session of parliament in defiance of President Robert Mugabe. Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai asked his party's lawmakers to stand for a minute's silence for the more than 50 people who have died in violence since March elections. He promised "a new and different era of governance." The opposition won 110 of the 210 seats in parliament. Tsvangirai faces Mugabe in a June 27 runoff for president.
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August 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A spokesman for a Zimbabwean opposition splinter group denied a report that President Robert Mugabe and the leader of the group had reached a power-sharing agreement. Shortly after the talks concluded, officials from Mugabe's party and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change said the two sides had agreed on the plan. The reported agreement would exclude MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who won the first round of presidential elections in March but boycotted the runoff. Welshman Ncube, spokesman for the MDC splinter faction, denied that his leader, Arthur Mutambara, had signed an accord with Mugabe.
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June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, campaigning for reelection in a runoff June 27, warned that he would not cede power to Western-backed opponents, state media reported. "We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun?" the Herald quoted Mugabe as saying. Mugabe said the nation threw off colonial domination in a guerrilla war in 1980, and his party was ready to fight to stop the pro-Western Movement for Democratic Change from gaining control of the government, the paper reported.
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June 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A top Zimbabwe army general called on the nation's soldiers to vote for Robert Mugabe in a presidential runoff or quit the military, the official media reported. Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Martin Chedondo told troops at a target-shooting competition to leave the military if they did not support Mugabe, the state Herald newspaper reported. "Soldiers are not apolitical. Only mercenaries are apolitical. We have signed up and agreed to fight and protect the ruling party's principles of defending the revolution.
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May 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Opposition leader and presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai returned to his homeland Saturday, stopping first to visit hospitalized supporters who had been targeted in an onslaught of state-sponsored violence. He then called on autocratic President Robert Mugabe to "set his people free from poverty, hunger and fear" by stepping down. Tsvangirai, who had been out of Zimbabwe for six weeks after national elections, planned to return a week ago but decided against it after his party, the Movement for Democratic Change, said he was the target of a military assassination plot.
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August 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A spokesman for a Zimbabwean opposition splinter group denied a report that President Robert Mugabe and the leader of the group had reached a power-sharing agreement. Shortly after the talks concluded, officials from Mugabe's party and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change said the two sides had agreed on the plan. The reported agreement would exclude MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who won the first round of presidential elections in March but boycotted the runoff. Welshman Ncube, spokesman for the MDC splinter faction, denied that his leader, Arthur Mutambara, had signed an accord with Mugabe.
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June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, campaigning for reelection in a runoff June 27, warned that he would not cede power to Western-backed opponents, state media reported. "We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun?" the Herald quoted Mugabe as saying. Mugabe said the nation threw off colonial domination in a guerrilla war in 1980, and his party was ready to fight to stop the pro-Western Movement for Democratic Change from gaining control of the government, the paper reported.
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June 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe's High Court ordered police to release an opposition member of parliament who was arrested Saturday for the second time in a week amid mounting tensions before this month's presidential runoff. Eric Matinenga was initially arrested June 1 on charges of inciting public violence. He had been released Thursday after charges were dropped. The opposition says President Robert Mugabe's government is trying to sabotage Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai's campaign.
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June 5, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was held for nine hours by police Wednesday and formally warned for allegedly breaching a security law after a campaign visit to a small town in western Zimbabwe. The detention came as the government toughened a security crackdown on the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, just weeks before the June 27 presidential runoff election. Tsvangirai, a candidate in the election, had to sign a statement acknowledging that he had been cautioned for breaching the Public Order and Security Act. His spokesman, George Sibotshiwe, who was present at the police station in Lupane, said Tsvangirai broke no laws.
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June 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A top Zimbabwe army general called on the nation's soldiers to vote for Robert Mugabe in a presidential runoff or quit the military, the official media reported. Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Martin Chedondo told troops at a target-shooting competition to leave the military if they did not support Mugabe, the state Herald newspaper reported. "Soldiers are not apolitical. Only mercenaries are apolitical. We have signed up and agreed to fight and protect the ruling party's principles of defending the revolution.
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May 31, 2008 | From Times wire reports
The main opposition group declared itself Zimbabwe's new ruling party and convened what it called a session of parliament in defiance of President Robert Mugabe. Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai asked his party's lawmakers to stand for a minute's silence for the more than 50 people who have died in violence since March elections. He promised "a new and different era of governance." The opposition won 110 of the 210 seats in parliament. Tsvangirai faces Mugabe in a June 27 runoff for president.
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