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    Zimbabwe’s MDC calls emergency meeting to defuse intra-party tension

    APA-Harare (Zimbabwe)

    Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called an emergency meeting of its national executive on Thursday to discuss ongoing succession squabbles that are threatening to split the party.

    Top officials are locked in factional fighting over who will succeed ailing party leader Morgan Tsvangirai who is hospitalised in South Africa where he is receiving cancer treatment.

    At least three camps have emerged, each separately supporting the three co-vice presidents – Elias Mudzuri, Nelson Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe.

    Chamisa is acting party president.

    MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said on Wednesday that the party would hold an extraordinary meeting of its National Executive Commitment in Harare on Thursday to discuss ways of bringing “order, sanity, traction and direction as the party builds momentum for victory in the upcoming 2018 elections.”

    “This will be followed by the National Council at midday to resolve and deal with all the issues to do with party cohesion and hygiene,” Gutu said.

    The emergency meeting comes in the wake of this week’s clashes between supporters of the various factions, which saw Mudzuri being barred from entering the MDC headquarters in central Harare.

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