Monday, October 13, 2008

Mbeki seeks to save Zimbabwe deal

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is due in Harare for further mediation aimed at breaking the political impasse in Zimbabwe.

The government and the opposition MDC remain deadlocked over a decision by President Robert Mugabe to allocate key cabinet posts to his own Zanu-PF party.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has threatened to pull out of a power-sharing deal agreed last month.

Zimbabwe's government says Mr Mugabe's actions do not violate the agreement.

A government list published on Saturday gave the main ministries, including defence, home, foreign affairs, and justice to Zanu-PF.

The country's ambassador to the UN, Boniface Chidyausiku, told the BBC that the post of finance minister was still open for negotiation.

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