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After Weeks In Botswana, Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Due In Harare This Week

Zimbabwean prime minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the dominant formation of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, will return to the country this week from Botswana, where he has been based for some weeks, MDC officials said.

One reason Tsvangirai is returning is to join a Jan. 18 of his party's national executive council to consider whether the MDC formation should pursue the troubled power-sharing process or terminate discussions with the long-ruling ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe.

Formation of a national unity government as envisioned in the power-sharing accord signed by Mr. Mugabe, Tsvangirai and rival MDC formation leader Arthur Mutambara on Sept. 15 has been blocked by an impasse over the allocation of key cabinet and other posts.

Tsvangirai spokesman George Sibotshiwe confirmed to reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe the party leader’s intention to return this week.

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