Zimbabwe president wants political tolerance

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 7:34 AM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president says he wants his people to be tolerant of each other's views to allow for a free vote in proposed elections.

President Robert Mugabe, officiating Monday at the state burial of a former foreign minister, said political differences must be private and "not expressed in actions" that lead to violence.

He called on Zimbabweans to follow the "virtues and discipline" of academic and veteran diplomat Stan Mudenge, who died Oct. 4 of heart failure at age 71.

Mugabe's remarks followed harsh criticism by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the weekend of the presidential party's record of violence.

Tsvangirai, in a shaky coalition government, accused Mugabe of "preaching peace by day" while his loyalists attacked opponents at night.

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