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Vol 49 No 19

Published 19th September 2008


Zimbabwe

A three-legged race

After months of tense negotiations, Morgan Tsvangirai has settled for much less than his supporters voted for

The agreement reached in Harare on 15 September may not be what Zimbabweans wanted, but it was the best the negotiators could get after various governments had tried to prod President Robert Mugabe into making more concessions. Now Mugabe remains President, with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as Prime Minister and his former colleague Arthur Mutambara as his Deputy. Mugabe’s powers will be whittled down but not radically altered in the new arrangement. It is a weak and ambiguous agreement whose terms include many discretionary provisions – an ideal arena for political obstruction.

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