Zimbabwe PM vows to crackdown on violence

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Posted: Apr 28, 2011 11:24 AM
Zimbabwe PM vows to crackdown on violence

Zimbabwe's prime minister says his party will expel members who are involved in violence as they prepare for elections he says could be held within a year.

Morgan Tsvangirai acknowledged Thursday during his party's two-day annual convention in this western provincial capital that his supporters have been accused of violent retaliation against attacks by President Robert Mugabe's militants. Mugabe called for polls later this year to end a shaky coalition government formed after disputed and violence-marred elections in 2008.

Bitter internal squabbles have also emerged over key posts in Tsvangirai's party ahead of fresh national polls.

Tsvangirai said youths, unemployed in the nation's economic meltdown, were often used by politicians "to mete out violence" to their rivals.