Political parties start talking

mugabe_morganHARARE Zimbabwes three governing political parties on Monday began talks to resolve a power-sharing dispute threatening their shaky coalition government, two days after the SADC deadline. (Pictured: Robert Mugabe & Morgan Tsvangirai)

Negotiators from President Robert Mugabes Zanu (PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais MDC party and a smaller MDC formation led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, resumed talks to break the political impasse yesterday morning and were still locked up in the meeting at 7pm.

Yes we have started and we are talking, I am actually in the meeting, said Professor Welshman Ncube, the chief negotiator of the Mutambara-led MDC, in a telephone interview.

The talks came two days after the expiry of a deadline set by the Southern African Development Community (SADC)s organ on defence and politics. The Zimbabwean parties were to have met and reached agreement on a host of outstanding issues from last years global political agreement (GPA) that gave birth to the unity government.

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