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President Ian Khama of Botswana Calls For New Election in Zimbabwe

President Ian Khama of Botswana has called for Zimbabwe's contested presidential election to be re-run under international supervision. Delivering his state of the nation address to the Botswana Parliament ahead of this weekend's planned summit of Southern African leaders, Khama said member states of the Southern African Development Community (...

Zimbabwe political foes sign crucial power-sharing deal

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe signed a power-sharing agreement with opposition rival Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday, relinquishing some of his powers for the first time in nearly three decades of iron rule. The deal followed weeks of tense negotiations to end a deep political crisis compounded by the veteran leader's disputed and...

Zimbabwe accord to scrap security ministry

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's ministry of state security will be scrapped under a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, according to a list of government departments they agreed on Saturday. A government official said the two met and agreed on a list of 31 ministries, including 13 new ones. The powerful...

Zimbabwe opposition gains majority in cabinet

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's combined opposition will have one more cabinet seat than President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party under a deal to end the country's deep political crisis, an opposition senator said on Friday. But Mugabe, 84, will remain as president and chair the cabinet, said David Coltart of the smaller opposition faction. The power-sharing...

Zimbabwe foes reach power-sharing deal

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's two opposition factions will have one more cabinet seat than the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe under a power-sharing deal, an opposition senator said on Friday. Senator David Coltart, a senior member of the smaller breakaway faction of the MDC, said in an email that Morgan Tsvangirai's main group would have 13...

Zimbabwe power-sharing talks moving forward: Mugabe

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has said power-sharing talks to resolve the political crisis are "moving forward". A spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said parties were trying to narrow their differences. The comments came after the latest round of talks mediated by South African President Thabo...

Zimbabwe lifts ban on international aid groups

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe has lifted a ban on aid groups working there, imposed ahead of the country's controversial presidential run-off election. President Robert Mugabe's government ordered a suspension on all field operations by international humanitarian agencies and private volunteer organizations working in the southern African country nearly...

Zimbabwe power sharing talks end without result

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's main opposition party has said two days of power-sharing talks with the ruling Zanu-PF have ended without agreement. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Nelson Chamisa told the balance of power was in dispute. He said President Robert Mugabe wanted MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai to become a titular prime minister...

Zimbabwe opposition places new demands in power sharing talks

Harare: The Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has demanded that cabinet be co-chaired by President Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, state media the Herald reported on Saturday. The opposition has also demanded to open fresh negotiations on all issues that had been discussed and agreed to, the Herald said. The...

Zimbabwe MPs criticize president for opening parliament

Zimbabwe: Opposition parliamentarians jeered and booed Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as he reopened parliament on Tuesday in spite of their protests, but he said he was still hopeful for a power-sharing deal. Heckling by parliamentarians from the main opposition party drowned out Mugabe's speech and Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic...

Zimbabwe opposition claims three MPs detained

Harare: Zimbabwe's main opposition MDC said three of its parliamentarians were arrested at parliament on Tuesday for what it called trumped up charges of political violence. "(The) MDC views this continued harassment and arrest of MDC legislators by the state security agents as a direct affront to the will of the people of Zimbabwe," the...

Zimbabwe opposition wins parliament vote

Harare: The candidate of Zimbabwe's opposition MDC has been elected speaker of parliament, after MPs were sworn in following elections five months ago. MDC chairman Lovemore Moyo becomes the first opposition speaker since the country's independence in 1980. As the MPs arrived for the ceremony, two MDC law-makers were arrested, a party spokesman...

Zimbabwe passes crucial week as parliament begins

Harare (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe faces an uncertain political future, but its economic crisis is only likely to get worse while power-sharing talks between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition remain deadlocked, analysts believe. Mugabe intends to open parliament on Tuesday despite protests by Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (...

Zimbabwe road blast causes panic, no injuries

Harare: A bomb has exploded at a road linking Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and the country's second largest city of Bulawayo, causing no casualties, police said Saturday. The road blast that happened Thursday night caused damage to two road bridges, the police said, adding that they are still negotiable. No individuals or groups have claimed...

Zimbabwe opposition rivals warn about talks failure

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned that power-sharing talks may collapse if parliament is convened. It was announced earlier this week that MPs would be sworn in next Monday, with President Robert Mugabe to open the first session the following day. Mr Tsvangirai said this would repudiate the agreement governing the...