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Zimbabwe police raid targets opposition

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Police loyal to President Robert Mugabe raided a house used by the prime minister's supporters Saturday and accused them of hoarding weapons in a move that is likely to push Zimbabwe's fragile coalition government closer to collapse.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change said Saturday the police raid on a house where the party's executives stay was provocation by Mugabe's party, which wants the coalition to fail.

Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing government with Tsvangirai, the country's longtime opposition leader, in February after disputed elections last year. Tsvangirai withdrew temporarily from the coalition government on Oct. 16.

Mugabe, 85, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980 and many fear he will hang on to power at all costs.

Tendai Biti, the country's finance minister and the secretary-general of the Movement for Democratic Change, said police ransacked the house in Harare on Friday and assaulted two people.

Zimbabwe police raid targets opposition 10/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 9:56pm]
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