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Zimbabwe: Power-sharing talks end in stalemate

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party, failed to reach a power-sharing deal Sunday at a conference of southern African leaders in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Chief mediator Thabo Mbeki, the president of South Africa, and others were hopeful that a deal would be reached to help stem political instability in Zimbabwe since the crisis there is having economic and humanitarian consequences across the region.

According to the BBC, the talks stalled because Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai could not agree on the exact details of how power would be shared in a national unity government. Tsvangirai, who is slated to take up a prime ministerial role, reportedly requires that the cabinet be answerable to him alone.


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