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Political Analysts Offer Caveats On Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Deal

Zimbabwean and regional political observers offered mixed opinions on Friday as to the chances for success of the national unity government resulting from the power-sharing deal struck Thursday in Harare by the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change of Morgan Tsvangirai.

Reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe sought the perspectives of independent South African-based analyst Hermann Hanekom and Professor John Makumbe of the University of Zimbabwe.

Makumbe said the accord is a step in the right direction, but warned that those involved should carefully consider its terms before signing it on Monday. He said the MDC should be commended for insisting on a comprehensive and detailed agreement at a time when Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party is reluctantly accepting the need for reform.

Zimbabwean Clever Mtiba of the Harare suburb of Dzivarasekwa told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that he hopes the deal will help the economy. Another VOA listener in Mutare, who gave his name as Bamu, said he hopes to see national reconciliation.

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