Tsvangirai will not attend talks on power-sharing deal

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not attend a summit on his country's faltering power-sharing agreement because he was denied a passport, a spokesman for his MDC party has said.


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Zimbabwean opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai will not attend a regional summit on Zimbabwe's political crisis, a party spokesman said, throwing the mediation process into disarray.


"He is not going. He was denied a passport," Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Reuters.


The meeting of the heads of state of Angola, Swaziland and Mozambique -- who form the security committee of the Southern African Development Community -- is aimed at trying to help Zimbabwe's political rivals break a deadlock in negotiations on forming a cabinet.


An MDC official said Tsvangirai was given an emergency travel document on Sunday valid only for Swaziland and not for South Africa which he needs to pass through.


"There is no way you can expect him to be in Swaziland when they are making it difficult for him," the MDC official said.


There were signs of failure before the summit kicked off.


The MDC said on Monday events in the past 24 hours had made it extremely difficult to believe in the current mediation process to end a deadlock in negotiations on forming a cabinet.


"There have been developments in the past 24 hours that make it incredibly difficult for the MDC to have confidence in the current mediation process. Their faith and hope in the current mediation process and its ability to deliver a solution to the people of Zimbabwe is now called into question," the MDC said in a statement.

Tsvangirai said on Sunday that he believed the parties would finalise a power-sharing deal at the meeting.


A power-sharing agreement, mediated by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, may be Zimbabwe's best hope for rescuing an economy where fuel and food are scarce and inflation stands at 231 million percent.

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