Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Zimbabwe reaches new agreement

By Mikhaila Crowie
27 January 2009

The Southern African Development Community says it has reached a unanimous agreement on Zimbabwe.

After 14 hours locked in talks over a resolution to the political deadlock in Zimbabwe, SADC leaders agreed that Parliament should be urged to pass Amendment 19 to the September power sharing agreement, by next Thursday.

This should be followed by the swearing in of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutamabara, by the 11th of February.

However, Robert Mugabe will remain President.

Zimbabwe’s ministers and prime ministers should be sworn in by the 13th of next month.

“The agreement is that the negotiating teams will, with immediate effect, sit to develop a formula of how the government will be distributed.”, said Kgalema Motlanthe, South African President and Chairperson of SADC.

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