Zim negotiators talking in SA

power_sharing_5.jpgHarare - Zimbabwean negotiators joined hastily arranged talks in South Africa on Wednesday in an effort to ensure a unity government is formed this month.


Party officials said their negotiators were called to South Africa on
Tuesday, after the main opposition complained that President Robert
Mugabe’s party was delaying and endangering chances that a
power-sharing agreement, which has been stalled since September, would
finally be implemented.

Making agreements

Last week, regional leaders pressed Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change to start making their agreement a
reality in parliament by passing a constitutional amendment creating a
prime minister’s post.

Under the new government, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is to be prime
minister and Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980
is to remain president.

The Southern African Development Community has endorsed that Tsvangirai
should be sworn in by February 11 and that the rest of the unity
Cabinet be sworn on February 13.

South African presidential spokesperson Thabo Masebe said the
negotiators were called to South Africa on Wednesday "to ensure that
they are ready to meet all the deadlines that were set by SADC."

News 24

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