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Vol 49 No 16

Published 1st August 2008


Zimbabwe

The real deal

The three negotiating teams are to resume talks in South Africa on 3 August after a break to discuss progress with their respective parties. The original deadline for the installation of a new power-sharing government on 4 August will be missed. However, much of the groundwork has been done and a lengthy agenda agreed. The two factions of the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC-T under Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC-M under Arthur Mutambara, conceded that President Robert Mugabe's position was not up for debate. It looks likely that Tsvangirai will serve as Executive Prime Minister rather than as Third Vice-President, the post offered by the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) team.

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