Thursday, February 07, 2008

Mugabe expels party challenger

From AlJazeerah

Zimbabwe's ruling party has formally expelled a former ally of Robert Mugabe for deciding to run against the president in next month's elections, a Zanu-PF official has said.

Simba Makoni, a former finance minister and a senior member of the Zanu-PF, has been branded a traitor by veterans of the country's liberation war after he entered the race on Tuesday, in the first major challenge to Mugabe from within the ruling party in 20 years.

Makoni will run against Mugabe as an independent in the presidential election....

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