Friday, August 21, 2009

ten lawmakers held then released

from the NYTimes
Ten members of Parliament from the Movement for Democratic Change, a party that opposed President Robert Mugabe for a decade before joining him in power in February, were arrested Wednesday, then released, said Nelson Chamisa, a spokesman for the party. He said he did not know yet the charges against them. The M.D.C. has a narrow majority in Parliament and many of its members have said they believe that Mr. Mugabe’s party is trying to deprive them of that edge during negotiations for a new constitution that will determine whether Mr. Mugabe retains his authoritarian powers.

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