Friday, August 08, 2008

Mugabe reports deal news "nonsense"

from AFP news

HARARE (AFP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's spokesman Thursday called reports of a deal in power-sharing talks "nonsense", but both he and South Africa said negotiations over the country's crisis were advancing....

A South African newspaper reported on Wednesday that Mugabe would have amnesty from prosecution and a ceremonial role in government under what it called a draft settlement to resolve the crisis.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai would run Zimbabwe as executive prime minister under the plan, The Star reported, saying it had obtained a copy of the draft.

The paper also reported that Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, leader of a smaller faction of the MDC, would hold a meeting in Harare later Thursday.

Mutambara spokesman Edwin Mushoriwa told AFP the three would meet soon, but likely not Thursday.

Officials from the main MDC faction refused comment on Thursday....

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