Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Mugabe challenger expelled from ruling party

The Zimbabwe Situation: "Following his decision to run against President Robert Mugabe in next month’s
presidential elections, Simba Makoni, a former finance minister in the
Mugabe cabinet, has been expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs, said Mr Makoni
had ”expelled himself” from the party. “That is the position according to
the rules of the party.”

The move represents a blow to the challenger because if were to win, he
would not have the backing of the majority party in parliament - which is
almost certain to be Zanu-PF."