Friday, September 19, 2008

Cabinet posts in deadlock

from the BBC:

...According to a power-sharing deal, the MDC and a breakaway faction will have 16 ministers in the new cabinet, while Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party will have 15....

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said talks on Thursday had been "inconclusive".

Zanu-PF was "claiming all the powerful ministries" but discussions were continuing, Mr Chamisa said.

"It was a deadlock and has been referred to the negotiating teams for further work to try and find common ground," he told the Reuters news agency.

Before the parties met, an opposition source said Zanu-PF wanted control of powerful portfolios such as finance, defence and information, while the MDC wanted an "equal share"....

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