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Mugabe's party loses parliament majority

world Updated: Apr 03, 2008 09:29 IST

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Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change won control of parliament on Thursday after the final results were announced from the weekend legislative elections.

The MDC won 109 seats against 97 for President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, while an independent candidate, former information minister Jonathan Moyo, also retained his seat in the 210-member chamber.

The situation is slightly complicated by a split in MDC ranks, with 10 of the newly-elected lawmakers belonging to a faction at odds with party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and instead loyal to former student leader Arthur Mutambara.

Three candidates died in the build-up to the polls and elections in their constituencies will take place at a later date.