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By unknown | Aug 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HARARE - Zimbabwe's MDC national chairman Lovemore Moyo has been elected speaker of parliament.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's MDC national chairman Lovemore Moyo has been elected speaker of parliament.

Moyo got 110 votes from 208 ballots cast yesterday.

The MDC controls parliament for the first time but its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, claims President Robert Mugabe fixed the result of the presidential election.

He pulled out of the secondround runoff because of allegations of violence against his supporters.

Reports said yesterday that two opposition politicians were arrested as they entered parliament to be sworn in, according to the MDC.

Sure Mudiwa was held briefly. Later he was among 208 of the 210 lawmakers sworn in. The second, Elia Jembere, did not reappear.

The arrests and a government announcement that Mugabe had appointed loyalists to several posts were likely to fuel opposition accusations that he is undermining stalled power-sharing negotiations.

The MDC said police also tried to arrest a third member, who is on a team trying to negotiate the power-sharing agreement, but he "was rescued by other MDC members of parliament".

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said he was unaware of the arrests, saying, "It would be illegal to be arrested while they were proceeding to parliament."

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said his party is determined to take up seats in parliament, which Mugabe was to open today.

Chamisa charged that the arrests were politically motivated, an attempt by Zanu-PF to regain control of parliament.

The MDC has 100 seats in the 210-seat legislature, Zanu-PF has 99 and a faction that broke away from the MDC, 10. An independent politician who broke away Zanu PF has one seat. - Sapa-AP


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