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A public opinion survey released today showed that Zimbabweans have limited knowledge of their Constitution, but they want democratic safeguards, such as presidential term limits and an independent judiciary.

The agreement that created Zimbabwe's national unity government was an imperfect but necessary compromise to keep the country from becoming "another Somalia," said Tendai Biti, the country's new finance minister.

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti will provide an inside look at how the country's new national unity government aims to address the country's significant challenges at an event in Washington on Monday, April 27.

Freedom House Deputy Executive Director Tom Melia
Subcommittee on African Affairs of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; July 15, 2008



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