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Zimbabwe's envoy to Australia asks for asylum: Media

Published on Dec 28, 2013 12:35 PM
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SYDNEY (AFP) - Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia has asked Canberra for asylum, lashing out at her country's "illegitimate" government and voicing fears for her safety if she returns home at the end of her posting next week, reports said on Saturday.

Jacqueline Zwambila said July elections in Zimbabwe had been "stolen" by President Robert Mugabe's government and she had no intention of using her business class ticket to return home, the Canberra Times reported.

"I don't feel safe about returning to Zimbabwe at all," said Zwambila, who is aligned with Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"Once the elections of 31 July were stolen by the current government - which is illegitimate - I knew that this was the end of the line," Zwambila, whose tenure as ambassador ends on Tuesday, said in a video posted on the Canberra Times website.

 
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