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Zimbabweans fear more repression after Abuja summit

Zimbabweans are predicting a new round of repression after President Robert Mugabe’s decision late on Sunday night to pull his country out of the Commonwealth. “There is no end in sight. It means more sanctions and more suffering,” said Charity Charidza, recently laid off from her clerical job at a bank. “I think Zimbabwe has everything to lose from getting out of the Commonwealth while the Commonwealth itself has nothing to lose.” Mr Mugabe announced his decision after the organisation extend his country’s suspension over electoral irregularities, despite opposition fromsome African leaders, including President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. The South African government is now muttering darkly about quitting the Commonwealth unless Zimbabwe is re-admitted, after a “robust” exchange that lasted at least four hours at the Commonwealth summit in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Full Story

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