By Amelia Johnson|
President Robert Mugabe is likely to dissolve parliament to save himself the shame of being exposed as a ‘minority leader’ in Zanu PF, analysts have said.
Mugabe faces the other choice of having to recall more than 100 of the 160 Zanu PF MPs who are reportedly aligned to ousted vice president Joice Mujuru.
Party provinces, led by Mashonaland Central, Mujuru’s home province, are clamouring for an immediate recall. Provincial chairman Dickson Mafios said more than nine MPs in the area should be stripped of their posts as their association with the former vice president made their intentions unclear.
MDC spokesman Obert Gutu said such a move would make 2015 a ‘defining year’ for Zimbabwe.
“My prediction is that Parliament will soon be dissolved and fresh harmonised elections are going to be held,” Gutu said.
Another analyst, Chris Mitchell said while dissolving parliament appeared attractive, Mugabe could not risk the world attention a new general election would attract.
“While Mugabe might want to do away with all these MPs, that could trigger a fresh election he has no hope of winning. But then, does he have options? Very few, indeed,” Mitchell said.
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