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Zimbabwe Finance Minister Biti 'unhurt' in car crash

By Karen Allen
BBC News, Johannesburg

Tendai Biti (L) with Morgan Tsvangirai - 12 April 2008
Mr Biti (L) is credited with reviving Zimbabwe's economy

The finance minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government, Tendai Biti, has emerged apparently unhurt from a car crash.

Mr Biti is also the secretary general of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said Mr Biti's car collided with a lorry about 100km (60 miles) west of Harare.

Police are investigating the accident and Mr Chamisa said it was too soon to speculate on the cause.

Mr Biti is said to be shaken but appears to have no visible injuries and is being monitored in hospital.

Mr Chamisa said the lorry had been travelling at speed.

Zimbabwe's roads are notoriously dangerous and accidents are common.

In March last year Mr Tsvangarai's wife, Susan, was killed in a car accident after her vehicle crashed into a lorry.

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