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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai's MDC Says Settle Power-Sharing Issues or Seek Arbitration

  • Thomas Chiripasi

Despite the MDC call for the talks to wrap this weekend, talks earlier expected to reopen Saturday among negotiators for the MDC and President Robert Mugabe's former ruling ZANU-PF party were put off to make way for a Cabinet committee meeting on on international re-engagement

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change said Friday that the "outstanding issues" troubling the 11-month-old power-sharing government in Harare should be resolved this weekend or be referred to regional organizations for arbitration.

VOA Studio 7 correspondent Thomas Chiripasi reported from Harare that the former opposition party also dismissed reports it is probing three of its ministers on suspicions of corruption - though a spokesman told reporters that the party has set up a committee to investigate corruption in local government.

Despite the MDC call for the talks to wrap this weekend, talks earlier expected to reopen Saturday among negotiators for the MDC and President Robert Mugabe's former ruling ZANU-PF party were put off to make way for a Cabinet committee meeting on on international re-engagement.

It was unclear when talks would resume – possibly Sunday, sources said.

Elsewhere, members of an expanded Southern African Development Community troika or committee on politics, defense and security, urged Harare leaders on Thursday to implement items agreed so far in talks on implementing the September 2008 Global Political Agreement for power sharing.

Harare-based political analyst Charles Mangongera told VOA reporter Blessing Zulu that SADC is showing its impatience with the seemingly endless talks.

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