Zimbabwean parliament to convene next week

August 20th, 2008 - 2:59 am ICT by IANS  

Harare, Aug 20 (DPA) Zimbabwe’s parliament will convene next week almost five months after the elections, with state radio Tuesday quoting parliament clerk Austin Zvoma saying that preparations were at “an advanced stage”.The convening of parliament would take place either Monday or Tuesday, the report said.

The decision to swear-in MPs is likely to irk the opposition, which wants power sharing talks to first finish. Parliamentary elections were held March 29.

But the swearing in ceremony could not take place as the presidential election held on the same day did not come up with a clear winner.

President Robert Mugabe eventually won the June 27 run-off polls, from which the country’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew citing violence against his supporters. Tsvangirai had won the first round.

Zanu PF lost its majority in parliament for the first time since the country’s independence from Britain in 1980.

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