Thursday, April 17, 2008

Zimbabwe party 'was offered deal' - Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Friday that his MDC party had been approached by the ZANU-PF party officials the day after the country's disputed election about a power-sharing agreement.

ZANU-PF officials discussed the idea of a unity government with Tsvangirai, which he said he was willing to agree to, along with promises that ZANU-PF officials - including President Robert Mugabe - would not be prosecuted once out of power. Tsvangirai said the talks fell apart when hardliners within ZANU-PF refused to continue negotiations.

Three weeks on, the official results of the election have still not been announced, though Tsvangirai claims he took just over 50% of the vote. His MDC party was announced to have won a slim majority in Zimbabwe's parliament. The ruling ZANU-PF party though has refused to concede, and now reports are starting to come out about attacks against opposition supporters across the country. An ominous sign of where things are likely headed in Zimbabwe has arrived off the coast of South Africa - a Chinese cargo ship filled with munitions, including three million bullets, ordered three days after the presidential election.
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