Tsvangirai – Prime Minister In Power Sharing Dealt With Mugabe

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai took the prime minister’s oath Wednesday as part of a power-sharing agreement with longtime President Robert Mugabe that Zimbabweans hope will bring help as they suffer through economic and humanitarian crises.

But quick solutions are unlikely given the enormity of Zimbabwe’s problems and the legacy of a long, bloody rivalry between Tsvangirai and Mugabe.

 Neighbouring leaders who pushed for the coalition say once they join in the unity government, the two men will overcome mutual mistrust and work together for the good of their country amid an economic meltdown and cholera epidemic that has killed 3,400 people. Tsvangirai told reporters Tuesday he did not see himself as joining Mugabe, who remains president under the agreement originally reached in September.

 “This is part of a transition arrangement that has been negotiated,” Tsvangirai said. “No one is joining anyone.”

 Mugabe, who turns 85 on Feb. 21 and has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980, has so far treated the 56-year-old Tsvangirai as a junior partner at best, often not bothering to hide his contempt. But Tsvangirai won the most votes in the first round of the presidential election held almost a year ago, and withdrew from a June run-off only because of attacks on his supporters.

 Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change, also broke ZANU-PF’s lock on parliament for the first time since independence in those March 2008 elections. The two men have clashed repeatedly since the decade-old MDC emerged as the most serious threat to the ruling regime since independent.

Source: ca.news.yahoo.com

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One Response to Tsvangirai – Prime Minister In Power Sharing Dealt With Mugabe

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