Opposition Divided as Zimbabwe Prepares for Post-Mugabe Elections
The veteran politician spent decades fighting Robert Mugabe's The party's vice president Elias Mudzuri described Mr Tsvangirai, 65 The two often fought but managed at one point to maintain a working relationship, even sharing afternoon tea every Monday. Breath test for cancer being trialled in UK. Tsvangirai, who previously described his power-sharing deal with Mugabe as a " loveless marriage," agreed in the interview with the AP that "it. Mugabe and Tsvangirai: A love-hate affair. In late , an analyst accused President Robert Mugabe and the then-South African New browsers come along that are not fully tested and may or may not become a mainstay.
South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, oversaw the signing of the agreement at a Harare hotel after Tsvangirai refused to meet Mugabe at the presidential offices because it would infer recognition of his claim to power.
Mbeki, who is likely to claim the agreement as a vindication of his mediation by "quiet diplomacy", said all parties wanted a rapid resolution of the political crisis. The MDC says it would live with that so long as Mugabe is stripped of power.
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Mugabe says any agreement must recognise his claim to have won last month's presidential election run-off, even though few foreign governments have done so. He wants a government of national unity in which the MDC serves under his leadership.Former President Robert Mugabe send condolonce message to Tsvangirai Family
Although the military-led campaign of violence against the opposition has greatly weakened the MDC on the ground, today's signing is a reflection of the pressures on Mugabe. The economy is imploding under the weight of hyperinflation, the Zimbabwe dollar loses half its value every day and the country is facing a looming famine after the failure of this year's harvest.
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The government is struggling to find the cash to pay public employees and, more importantly, soldiers at the end of this month. Mugabe is also under growing pressure to install the new parliament, which has yet to sit nearly four months after the election in which his Zanu-PF party lost its majority for the first time since independence in In recent weeks, the ruling party's violence has targeted opposition MPs in what appears to be a strategy to prevent them from taking their seats by beating them up, forcing them in to hiding or arresting them on trumped-up charges.
I didn't go and rape somebody. I didn't go and take somebody's wife.
Some of these people who are writing about my so-called sexual scandals have a string of girlfriends, a string of wives and children.
We fell apart, as human beings fall apart in relationships. But to call it a scandal is a bit exaggerated.
Despite the bitter rivalry between the two, Tsvangirai said Mugabe was still needed to help Zimbabwe transform into a functioning democracy. I think he has long given up that.
He knows that time and tide has gone beyond him. Tsvangirai himself was almost killed in when Zanu PF henchmen tried to throw him out of a tenth floor window.
But he insists he holds no rancour towards Mugabe.