Zimbabwe: MDC calls for fresh elections if deadlock persists
source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
21 October 2008
The MDC has challenged Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF to new elections, if that can help solve the dispute between the two bitter rivals over power-sharing. The two parties are struggling to overcome differences on how to end the five-week-old impasse on sharing cabinet portfolios.
Sources within the MDC have indicated that hawks within the party, fed up by ZANU PF’s intransigence over the power-sharing deal, are exerting pressure on the party leadership to explore ways to call for fresh elections.
Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa was quoted by the BBC Tuesday saying they wanted new elections, if power-sharing talks remain deadlocked. He said new polls were the only way forward. The MDC and Zanu PF agreed to share power last month, but they cannot agree on the make-up of the cabinet.
Our correspondent Lionel Saungweme said the MDC’s statement on new elections will be supported by other SADC states, namely Botswana, who on Monday also called for new elections. This was after a regional summit on Zimbabwe was postponed to [continue reading]