Zimbabwe: Socialist International Calls for Reforms in Zimbabwe

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The Socialist International has called for more reforms in Zimbabwe during its Council meeting held in Portugal from the 4th to the 5th of February 2013 under the theme, "The World Economy: Our Vision for Growth, Jobs and Sustainable Development".

The adopted resolution, supported by the ANC from South Africa, states that "The Council congratulates parties to the Inclusive Government on agreeing on a new constitution and urges parties to implement the remaining reforms with particular emphasis on media and security sector reforms. The Council wishes Zimbabwe well in the forthcoming referendum. Further, the Council calls for a peaceful, credible and legitimate election in Zimbabwe in which the security of the person and the vote is guaranteed and the will of the people is respected. "

Commenting following the adoption of the resolution, the MDC Secretary for International Relations and Cooperation Honourable Jameson Timba said "the world has not forgotten about Zimbabwe and the world stands ready to stand on the side of the people of Zimbabwe in their quest for peaceful democratic change and transformation."

The Socialist International is a grouping of over 60 socialist, social democratic and labour parties from Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The MDC, ANC from South Africa and Chama Cha Mapinduzi from Tanzania are members of this grouping.

The MDC together with over 50 other political parties also met on the sidelines of the Socialist International Council Meeting to discuss the formation of a network titled the Progressive Alliance. The Progressive Alliance is a movement for formulating common progressive answers towards global political challenges, exchange on election campaigns as well as strengthening of party organizations and support for international campaigns.

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