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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai's MDC Assesses 'Deteriorating' Political Climate

Sources said Tsvangirai MDC party leaders took up the delays in resolving outstanding power-sharing issues, the constitutional revision process and new incidents of political intimidation or violence

Senior officials of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change met on Thursday to discuss what party sources described as a "deteriorating" political environment.

Sources said party leaders looked at delays in resolving outstanding issues and the constitutional revision process, as well as new incidents of political intimidation or violence.

Party officials declined to disclose the outcome of the meeting, saying resolutions needed approval by the MDC formation's national council. They said a news conference was likely to be held Friday.

But party spokesman Nelson Chamisa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that the party is particularly concerned with the deadlock in talks on unresolved power-sharing issues.

Chamisa characterized the political environment in the country as "deteriorating" in an interview this week with the Zimbabwe Times, a Web news source.