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Mugabe urges nation to maintain peace and unity

07-14-2010 10:33 BJT

HARARE, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday urged Zimbabweans to jealously guard the unity and peace that is prevailing in the country following the formation of an inclusive government last year.

Mugabe said under the banner of the inclusive government, Zimbabwe was enjoying unity of purpose as well as a sense of optimism.

"We should continue to be prompted by the sense of confidence in ourselves and a resilient faith in our national heritage," Mugabe said while officially opening the third session of Zimbabwe' s seventh parliament.

He exhorted everyone to play a part in fostering national healing, cohesion, unity and integration to ensure sustainable economic and social transformation of the country.

His call comes in the wake of heightened risk of fresh violence erupting during the constitutional making process that is underway.

Mugabe formed an inclusive government with erstwhile enemies Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara following disputed elections in 2008.

The period in the run up to elections was marred with reports of political violence, with Tsvangirai's party alleging about 200 of its supports died due to politically motivated violence.

The political and social atmosphere prevailing then was very tense and fragile but the situation greatly eased with the formation of the inclusive government.

Mugabe noted that the unity and determination displayed by Zimbabweans since formation of the new government had seen the country "coming this far, even if still severely challenged by the persistent actions of our detractors".

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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