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    The Prime Minister-designate of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has announced his coalition cabinet of 17 members.

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    GV Prime Minister-designate Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Ministers walking from building to microphones ZOOM INTO CU Bishop Muzorewa announcing his new cabinet

    GV Newsmen looking on as Bishop Muzorewa walks back into building and crowd applauds

    MUZOREWA: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very happy to announce the Executive Council of Zimbabwe Rhodesia -- men who are charged with the responsibility of running this country as soon as they are sworn in office. And these are the responsibilities that they are going to exercise their talents and dedication in....Prime Minister, Minister of Combined Operations and Minister of Defence: Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Information, Immigration and Tourism, and Acting Minister of Health: Dr. Silas Mundawarara. Minister Without Portfolio: I.D. Smith. Minister of Commerce and Industry and Leader of the House: Ernest Bulle."

    Police swooped on the homes of ZANU officials the night before the announcement and arrested several people, according to a ZANU spokesman. The ZANU-Sithole faction is boycotting the changeover of power in Rhodesia to Bishop Muzorewa's government and alleges that last month's one-man, one-vote election was rigged. ZANU-Sithole, which won 12 parliamentary seats in the elections, has said it will be in opposition outside parliament -- although Bishop Muzorewa has reportedly left open the portfolios of health and roads for the faction if it changes its mind. The only other black opposition parties are the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) of Joshua Nkomo and the Zimbabwe African National Union faction of Robert Mugabe. Both are allied in the Patriotic Front -- based in Zambia and Mozambique -- and are banned inside Rhodesia. A minority party, the United National Federal Party of Chief Kayisa Ndiweni, originally boycotted the handover proceedings, but now two UNFP members have joined Bishop Muzorewa's cabinet.

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    Background: The Prime Minister-designate of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has announced his coalition cabinet of 17 members. Five of the ministers are whites. Of the 12 black ministers, all but two are members of Bishop Muzorewa's United African National Council. The bishop defence. Outgoing white Premier Ian Smith became a minister without portfolio while another white, Mr. David Smith, retained the important portfolio of finance that he had held in the previous government.

    SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa announced his new cabinet in a ceremony outside the Prime Minister's office in Salisbury. No members of the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) are among the new ministers.

    The new cabinet takes charges of the country on Friday (1 June) when Zimbabwe Rhodesia comes officially into being under black majority rule

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