Generals` fears derail Zimbabwe power-sharing deal

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: October 14, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: Military commanders in Zimbabwe have pressured President Robert Mugabe to shield them from prosecution for a violent crackdown on his political foes this year, and his response now threatens to derail a power-sharing deal that was supposed to halt the country’s dizzying downward economic spiral.

Mugabe’s efforts to placate his generals, as well as senior politicians in his party who are disgruntled about their loss of clout, culminated in his decision last week to unilaterally claim control of ministries that have been pivotal to his 28 years of unbroken political dominance and are now critical to protecting his senior generals from the risk of being charged criminally.

Mugabe, 84, signed an agreement a month ago to share power with the political opposition after a brutal election season in which more than 100 opposition supporters were [continue reading]

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