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Zimbabwe Court Ousts Mutambara as Party Head, Herald Reports

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara is no longer leader of a splinter faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, formerly known as MDC - Mutambara, the state-controlled Herald said, citing High Court Judge Nicholas Mathonsi

Mutambara refused to relinquish his position as party leader when he lost a vote to Welshman Ncube in February, the Herald said. Zimbabwe’s High Court ruled yesterday that as well as losing the leadership of the MDC-M, Mutambara could no longer act as a “principal” in the Zimbabwean government.

Zimbabwe’s principals are party leaders Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai whose Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and Movement for Democratic Change respectively are negotiating an end to 12 years of political instability.

Mutambara said he would appeal the court ruling, which was made in Zimbabwe’s second-city, Bulawayo, yesterday, the Herald added. Mutambara said he would not stand down as a principal or deputy prime minister, according to the newspaper.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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