In a new interview with Foreign Policy's Elizabeth Dickinson, Tsvangirai discusses his old rival, the frustratingly slow progress of the Zimbabwean unity government, his beef with the international community, and his plans for Zimbabwe's battered economy.
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday said he had called off a boycott of power-sharing ties with President Robert Mugabe that had paralysed the fragile unity government for three weeks."We have suspended our disengagement in the government," Tsvangirai told reporters after talks at a regional summit to break the impasse in the Mozambican capital.
President Robert Mugabe said Friday that Zimbabwe's unity government should dissolve within months, calling for elections next year despite stalled efforts at political reform.The 86-year-old leader, in power since independence in 1980, was forced into a power-sharing deal with his rival, current Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in February last year.Their arrangement was strained from the start, but tensions between them have again ripped into the open with Tsvangirai struggling to assert his authority within the power-sharing regime.
President Robert Mugabe said Wednesday that he and his partners in Zimbabwe's unity government agreed that "sanctions must go", a day after the European Union extended its restrictions on the country."We are in agreement," Mugabe told reporters after a tourism conference in Harare. "We are all agreed that the sanctions must go."Mugabe and his erstwhile rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai formed a unity government nearly a year ago, aiming to end political unrest targeting mainly supporters of the premier's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Southern African leaders will try again Sunday to thrash out a plan to guide Zimbabwe toward elections, after a day of talks failed to settle the issue, a spokesman said.Mugabe, 87, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, but inconclusive elections three years ago forced him into a unity government with Morgan Tsvangirai, his main rival, who is now prime minister.Their uneasy alliance had been intended as a transitional government to oversee the drafting of a more democratic constitution.
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called on Thursday for a "divorce" in the unity government, proposing elections under a roadmap by the Southern African Development Community."We have reached a moment where we are saying, let's agree that this is not working, it's dysfunctional," Tsvangirai told a news conference at his party's headquarters."Let's make arrangements to go for elections under a roadmap designed by SADC so that we have a clear, legitimate government."
For more than 20 years, Beatrice Mtetwa has fought for freedom in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.
It’s a battle that has pitched the human rights lawyer against the aging leader and his state-wide apparatus of terror and intimidation.
Like the politicians, journalists and activists she often defends, Ms. Mtetwa has been the target of intimidation, beatings and now imprisonment.
Southern African leaders meet Saturday to lay out a plan to guide Zimbabwe toward elections, which could settle a debate that has provoked unusually public divisions within President Robert Mugabe's party.Mugabe, 87, has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, but inconclusive elections three years ago forced him into a unity government with Morgan Tsvangirai, his main rival, who is now prime minister.
Zimbabwe's rival leaders met with the head of a regional security body Thursday, ahead of an emergency summit aimed at hauling a fragile power-sharing deal out of a three-week impasse.Mozambican leader Armando Guebuza held one-on-one talks with Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader who joined a unity government in February.After their discussions, the summit was set to open with leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.
A judge on Monday acquitted Roy Bennett, a top aide to Zimbabwe's prime minister, in an alleged plot to overthrow President Robert Mugabe, in a case that has strained the unity government."Having carefully considered the facts, I come to the conclusion that the state has failed to prove a prima facie case. The accused is accordingly found not guilty," said Judge Chinembiri Bhunu.The 53-year-old former white farmer was Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's pick for deputy agriculture minister in the year-old unity government.
Zimbabwe's opposition MDC has committed itself to forming a unity government with President Robert Mugabe, party leader Morgan Tsvangirai said, ending a paralysing deadlock that deepened an economic crisis