Wednesday, April 02, 2008

No deal for Mugabe to step down

from the BBC:

....In his first public appearance since the election, Mr Tsvangirai told a news conference on Tuesday evening: "There is no way the MDC will enter in any deal before ZEC [Zimbabwe Electoral Commission] has actually announced the result. That's the legal position."

"It is not confirmed by the [ZEC]. So any speculation about deals, about negotiations, about reaching out is not there," he added.

Zanu-PF's deputy information minister said: "There are no discussions, no negotiations."

MDC opposition sources had earlier told the BBC the outline of a deal had nearly been reached for Mr Mugabe to step down.

They said representatives of Mr Mugabe, military chiefs and the opposition had held meetings chaired by South Africa, but that government had also denied any involvement....

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