Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks deliver fragile deal

Read more

FOCUS

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

Read more

ENCORE!

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

#TECH 24

Mind the Gender Gap : getting more women into the tech sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivian children: heading to work aged 10

Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • Air Algérie crash: 'We should eliminate the missile hypothesis'

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding US Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Protest turns deadly as Palestinians rally against Gaza offensive

    Read more

  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to easy victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • US, European aviation agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Ceasefire agreed for Central African Republic

    Read more

Tsvangirai calls on African leaders for action

Latest update : 2008-06-25

Zimbabwe's opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai, who briefly left the refuge of the Dutch embassy in Harare, called on African leaders to take action as they meet in Swaziland on Wednesday.

Southern African nations on Wednesday met in Swaziland on the Zimbabwe crisis without South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki, officials said.
  
King Mswati of Swaziland and Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete attended the meeting, said Tercy Simelane, spokesman for Swaziland Prime Minister Absalom Themba Dlamini.
  
Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos or his foreign minister Joao Miranda had been expected for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) security committee meeting, but were unable to attend, said Sam Mkhombe, secretary for the Swaziland king.
  
Mbeki is a mediator in the crisis between Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and the opposition, but his spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga told AFP that the South African leader would not be attending because he had not been invited.
  
SADC chief Tomaz Augusto Salomao, who was at the meeting, said Mbeki had in fact been invited, but had a discussion with the Swazi king instead of attending.
  
"President Mbeki was invited," he said. "He had a long conversation over the night with King Mswati, so we already have the output of President Mbeki."
  
A statement from the Tanzanian presidency on Tuesday had said Mbeki would attend the emergency meeting along with Kikwete and Zambian President and SADC chairman Levi Mwanawasa.
  
Mkhombe said Mwanawasa had not been invited because he is not part of the SADC security troika that includes Angola, Swaziland and Tanzania.
  
Mugabe's government has vowed to go ahead with a presidential run-off election on Friday despite the withdrawal of opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, citing political violence against his supporters.
  
Tsvangirai quit the race in an official letter to the electoral commission Tuesday.
  
The opposition pull-out has laid out a possible victory by default for veteran leader Mugabe, in power since 1980.
  
The SADC is facing a storm of criticism for its failure to act over Zimbabwe.
  
Several Western nations, including Britain and the United States, have urged

Date created : 2008-06-25

COMMENT(S)