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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Peace Ahead in Zimbabwe?

July 11, 2008 07:54 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition MDC have initiated talks to end the political crisis that began following the March elections.

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An opposition source said that the two groups began preliminary talks in South Africa on Thursday, Reuters reports. The MDC source said that the talks beginning Thursday “are not the actual talks, but preliminary discussions on what the talks will focus on.”

Previously the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party had stated that it would not enter talks until violence ended and Mugabe accepted the results of the first round of elections in March, which MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai won.

Tsvangirai dropped out of a June 27 run-off due to continuing violence instigated by Mugabe’s government that killed 103 opposition supporters, according to the MDC.

Many world leaders condemned Mugabe’s actions after he won the run-off, in which he was the only candidate. Many called the election a sham and others, including African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping, called for a resolution between the two parties.

“Africa must fully shoulder its responsibility and do everything in its power to help Zimbabwe’s parties to work together,” Ping said.

Headline Link: Talks initiated between ZANU-PF and MDC

Background: Leaders put pressure on Mugabe to end violence; turmoil following election

Related Topics: What’s next for Tsvangirai; a leader worse than Mugabe


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