Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Looks Past Mbeki to End Logjam

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
19 August 2008
Posted to the web 19 August 2008
Wilson Johwa
Johannesburg

ZIMBABWE’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is again turning to regional leaders to help break the deadlock in power-sharing talks, after the failure to clinch a deal at the weekend summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) raised fresh doubts over the progress of the negotiations.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday headed off on a 10-day tour to consult regional leaders in an apparent bid to bring greater pressure to bear on President Robert Mugabe, and the SADC-mandated mediator, President Thabo Mbeki.

While Mbeki insisted after the SADC summit on Sunday that a solution remained within the negotiators’ grasp, observers said his credibility had been further dented by the failure of the talks, which were dragging on well beyond the original deadline.

Tellingly, Tsvangirai’s first port of call is Botswana, whose President Ian Khama has [continue reading]



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