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Monday, April 26, 1999 Published at 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK

World: Africa

Tanzania police halt opposition meeting

The leader of Tanzania's main opposition party, Augustine Mrema, has resigned.

He said the party, the National Convention for Construction and Reform, was full of government spies.

Mr Mrema said he was moving to the Tanzania Labour Party as its chairman, to start what he described as a new chapter in his political life.

The NCCR is the leading opposition force among Tanzania's thirteen registered political parties.

Correspondents say it's been embroiled in a bitter power struggle between Mr Mrema, and the party secretary general, Mabere Marando. Mr Mrema's resignation follows the arrest of more than one-hundred-and-fifty supporters after they tried to hold a meeting called by Mr Mrema which the authorities had banned.

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