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Ten arrested MDC MP's released: lawyer

Ten Zimbabwean lawmakers from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party were released Thursday, a day after their arrest for disorderly behaviour, a lawyer said.

“The police released all the 10 members of parliament this morning,” Tafadzwa Mugabe, lawyer for Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change told AFP.

They were arrested Wednesday and charged for causing disturbances at the finance ministry offices in Harare.

“Although they have been charged, the police have indicated that they may summon them over the issue,” said Mugabe.

Several MDC lawmakers have been arrested over various petty crimes in recent months, prompting the party to describe the arrests as an effort by President Robert Mugabe’s party to reduce the MDC’s majority in parliament.

In February, Mugabe entered a unity government with Tsvangirai to stem political violence that erupted after last year’s elections. Source: AFP