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UPDATED: 16:10, March 20, 2006
Tsvangirai reelected as opposition MDC president in Zimbabwe
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Morgan Tsvangirai was reelected president of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) anti-Senate faction at the end of its two-day national congress held on Sunday.

Tsvangirai was reelected president unopposed while Thokozani Khupe beat Getrude Mthombeni to the vice president post, local media reported on Monday.

Lovemore Moyo became the deputy chairman of the party after beating Sekai Holland and Fidelis Mhashu.

In his speech after his election, Tsvangirai said that he would work to extend the gains of the liberation struggle, saying: "I know what the people in every corner of Zimbabwe see as a perfect situation. They want to extend the ideals of the liberation struggle. They want their national project to succeed."

Meanwhile, the faction resolved to expel vice president Gibson Sibanda, secretary general Welshman Ncube and his deputy Gift Chimanikire and Trudy Stevenson from the party for failing to appear before the opposition's disciplinary committee after last October's fall out on the Senate issue.

The Tsvangirai-led faction also resolved that 13 legislators aligned to the pro-Senate faction led by Arthur Mutambara, Sibanda and Ncube must present themselves before the structures within 14 days or face the chop.

The Mutambara faction held its congress in Bulawayo last month and has in turn since expelled Tsvangirai for violating the party's constitution after he reversed the national council's decision to participate in senate elections held in November last year.

The two-day MDC anti-Senate faction was attended by over 15,000 people from the party's 12 provinces including some members of the diplomatic community.

Source: Xinhua


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