British prime minister Gordon Brown and South African ruling party leader Jacob Zuma together called for an end to Zimbabwe's post-election stalemate, urging the release of the March 29 vote as the pair held talks in London. (Report: C. Westerheide)
Zuma, the most outspoken African leader on
“We resolved on the crisis in
“We call for an end to any violence and intimidation and stress the importance of respect for the sovereign people of
No results have been announced from the March 29 presidential vote, while the outcome of a parliamentary poll is also in doubt because of partial recounts.
Officials said the first of 23 recounts had confirmed victory in one constituency for the ruling ZANU-PF party, which lost control of parliament for the first time in the election. The recounts could overturn the MDC parliamentary victory.
Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said he won the presidential election outright and accused Mugabe of delaying results to rig victory.
Zuma’s backing for Brown’s position over the
German Chancellor Angela Merkel added to growing pressure on Mugabe, who faces the toughest challenge to his 28-year rule.
“I think the situation for the people (in
Zuma, who has distanced himself from the “quiet diplomacy” of South African President Thabo Mbeki over
Pro-government commentator Obediah Mukura Mazombwe add to uncertainty by suggesting Mugabe should lead a transitional government to end the deadlock while new polls were organised.
He said the solution should be mediated by
Mazombwe holds no position in the ruling ZANU-PF party and his comments may not have official backing, analysts say.
If adopted, Mazombwe’s idea would delay even longer any outcome from an electoral process that Zimbabweans hoped would end their misery under an economic collapse that has saddled them with the world’s highest inflation rate -- 165,000 percent.
“We agreed on the importance of humanitarian aid and the need for international cooperation to support the recovery of the economy of
Tsvangirai pressed ahead on a relentless regional drive seeking help from leaders to push aside Mugabe.
On a visit to
“It doesn’t arise at the moment, the government of national unity does not arise because we won outright,” he told a news conference after meeting Mozambican President Armando Guebuza.
“”We want an inclusive government that takes into consideration all players that can give confidence to everyone because we are in transitional period.”
The government has clearly indicated it expects a runoff—necessary if neither candidate wins an absolute majority.
The MDC, human rights groups and Western powers accuse ZANU-PF of launching a campaign of post-election violence. Tsvangirai says 10-15 MDC supporters have already been killed.
Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba called for a U.N. arms embargo against
Date created : 2008-04-24