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Zimbabwe's envoy to Australia defects, asks Canberra for asylum: media

Published on Dec 28, 2013 12:51 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia has defected and asked Canberra for asylum, saying she fears for her safety if she returns home when her term ends next week, reports said early Saturday.

"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," said Jacqueline Zwambila, who is aligned to Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"End of the line for the people of Zimbabwe ... and for people like me, who were appointed by the ex-prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai," Ms Zwambila said in a video posted on the Canberra Times website.

"I don't feel safe about returning to Zimbabwe at all," said Ms Zwambila, whose term as ambassador ends on Tuesday.

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