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Latest update : 2008-08-13

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe agreed to form a national unity government with a breakaway opposition faction pending the agreement of his main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.


South African President Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday flew out of Zimbabwe after striking an agreement with a breakaway opposition faction, an AFP reporter stated.
  
"Mbeki is going to give a report to SADC chair of defence and security, President Jose (Eduardo) dos Santos. After that we are going back home," said Mbeki's spokesman, Mukoni Ratshitanga.
  
Talks adjourned after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe reached a deal with Arthur Mutambara, the leader of a smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) grouping, that would lead to the formation of a government.
  
Main MDC opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai left the negotiations early on Tuesday amid suggestions that he was being cut out of a deal to end the country's political crisis.
  
"The talks are adjourned not ended, but I wouldn't say until when. Tsvangirai needs more time to consult on specific matter(s)," the spokesman added as Mbeki left for Luanda to meet the Angolan president.
  
He would not say whether the talks would resume before or after the weekend Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit which takes place in Johannesburg.
  
Mbeki, who is the SADC appointed mediator on the Zimbabwe crisis, will brief the summit on the progress of the talks.

Date created : 2008-08-12

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