Zimbabwe Church leaders urge coup leaders to stop violence

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    The Zimbabwe Council of Churches on Monday urged political leaders to “reflect deeply” on the timing of elections as the nation slides deeper into a political crisis.

    President Robert Mugabe has called for elections this year to end a troubled two-year coalition with the former opposition that was formed after violence-plagued elections in 2008.

    Clergy across the country reported a lack of impartiality by police and security forces, a surge in threats and intimidation and a revival of the deployment of militias and other groups that perpetrated the 2008 violence.