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Zimbabwe’s white minority goes to the polls today to elect 20 members of the next Parliament, which is expected to be the last with a guaranteed white presence. Two parties have candidates in the election, which will be followed July 1 by voting by the black majority to fill the other 80 seats. Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence constitution, which ended 90 years of white rule and a seven-year guerrilla war, reserves 20 seats for whites until 1990. But Prime Minister Robert Mugabe has made clear that he will introduce a one-party state as soon as possible.


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