Zimbabwe: Govt. Power-Sharing Plan in Jeopardy

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, today threatened to pull out of a power-sharing deal after the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, unilaterally announced he had taken control of all major cabinet posts, including those responsible for the military and police.

South Africa’s former president, Thabo Mbeki, is expected in Harare tomorrow to try and rescue the agreement he brokered, under which Tsvangirai is appointed prime minister and Mugabe remains president but with far few powers than before.

Tsvangirai told a rally in Harare today that he would not be pressured by Mugabe into joining an administration dominated by the president’s Zanu-PF party when the opposition Movement for Democratic Change MDC won the last reputable elections in March.

"If they do it that way, we have no right to be part of such an arrangement," said Tsvangirai. "The people have suffered. But if it means suffering the more in order for them to get what is at stake, then so be it. We will renegotiate until an agreement is reached but that does not mean we will compromise for the sake of it."

via Guardian (UK) Tsvangirai threatens to quit Zimbabwe deal after Mugabe seizes cabinet posts

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