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Zanzibar opposition to meet army chief over political crisis


Dar es salaam – The main opposition leader in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago would meet the country’s army chief to discuss the political situation in the islands, amid unrest after a disputed election.

This is contained in a report on Monday although issues to be discussed were not stated.

Tanzania held national elections on Oct. 25, which included a vote for local authorities in Zanzibar, traditionally a bastion of opposition to the central government.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

But Zanzibar’s election commission annulled the vote for the island’s president, citing “gross violations’’, but the main opposition Civic United Front (CUF) rejected the move, saying it had won that poll.

Meanwhile, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete’s had instructed the country’s police chief to investigate opposition complaints against the conduct of policemen during the elections. (Reuters/NAN)

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