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SADC opens summit on Zimbabwe power-sharing talks
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09:02, November 10, 2008

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The Southern African Development Community opened here Sunday a regional summit on the Zimbabwe power-sharing talks.

The summit aims to seek to break the deadlock over talks between the rival parties of Zimbabwe and to determine the allocation of cabinet posts among them, namely the ruling ZANU-PF and the two opposition parties of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Zimbabwe's rival leaders, under growing domestic, regional and international pressure, hammer out a power-sharing deal mid in September, which is widely seen here as the only cure of the country's long running economic and political crisis.

But they have since then sharply bickered over which ministries each side will control.

The bickering, mainly centered on control of the powerful ministries of defense, home affairs, finance, information, local government and justice, now threatens the Sept. 15 power-sharing agreement which the government and the opposition signed, after being painstakingly brokered by former South African President Thabo Mbeki over several months on behalf of the African Union (AU)and SADC.

Main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai accuses President Robert Mugabe of attempting to take all the key ministries, leaving his partners in the proposed coalition government with inconsequential cabinet portfolios.

He has vowed never to accept skewed sharing of power, threatening to pull out of the proposed government of national unity in which Tsvangirai has been designated prime minister.


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