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Zimbabwe opposition to attend sweraing in of new mps

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe gestures during the SADC summit. Mugabe will open the new Zimbabwe parliament on August 26, despite opposition warnings that this would jeopardize power-sharing talks.

A party official told AFP today Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led Morgan Tsvangirai will be attending the swearing in of new MPs on Monday.

MDC secretary general Tendai Biti says. “They are going to parliament to defend their mandate. Adding that the problem is with the convening of parliament not the swearing in of members.”

The MDC says it had not consented to the reconvening of parliament after controversial elections, claiming it could endanger talks to resolve the country’s devastating political crisis.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party suffered a historic defeat in legislative elections in March. The veteran leader was re-elected in a June one-man presidential run-off boycotted by Tsvangirai, who had defeated him in the first round.