Robert Mugabe ready for deal on power-sharing
Reports today say Robert Mugabe is ready to form a unity government in Zimbabwe. Only time will tell if this is genuine or if it is an attempt to stall for time and hope that international attention turns elsewhere.
Robert Mugabe's regime signalled early today that it is willing to share power with Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change - but only with Mr Mugabe still in charge.
The state-owned Herald newspaper, a government mouthpiece, said the only way out fo the political crisis was a government of national unity.
It said Mr Mugabe, 84, would have to remain as the head of state. But the MDC, which insists Morgan Tsvangirai won the presidential elections last month, has ruled out participation in such a government.
The article, written by Mugabe loyalist Dr Obediah Mukura Mazombwe, calls for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), made up of Zimbabwe's neighbours and "friendly nations" to help create "a new constitution for Zimbabwe, which would be adopted only after a national referendum".
"In collaboration with SADC and invited members of the international community, [the unity government] should hold free and fair elections."