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Zimbabwe high court rules expatriates can't vote

[JURIST] The Zimbabwe Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Zimbabwean citizens living outside the country would not be permitted to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections. The ruling affects 3.4 million people representing over 20% of Zimbabwe's total population. The ruling does, however, allow diplomats and servicemen stationed abroad to vote. The appeal was brought by opponents of President Robert Mugabe, and the negative ruling is expected to raise questions about the fairness of the March 31 elections. Mugabe has been accused of using intimidation tactics against opponents, including opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC News profile]. AP has more.

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