October 12, 2008
South Africa's former president, Thabo Mbeki, is expected in Harare tomorrow to try and rescue the agreement he brokered, under which Tsvangirai is appointed prime minister and Mugabe remains president but with far few powers than before.
Tsvangirai told a rally in Harare today that he would not be pressured by Mugabe into joining an administration dominated by the president's Zanu-PF party when the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won the last reputable elections in March.
"If they do it that way, we have no right to be part of such an arrangement," said Tsvangirai. "The people have suffered. But if it means suffering the more in order for them to get what is at stake, then so be it. We will renegotiate until an agreement is reached but that does not mean we will compromise for the sake of it."
Mugabe announced the appointment of new cabinet posts this weekend, allocating his party jurisdiction over the various security and intelligence forces as well as the justice portfolio and the information ministry, which has control over Zimbabwe's highly partisan pro-Mugabe state newspapers and broadcasters.
I see the "Fairness Doctrine" will be implemented in Zimbabwe as well.
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