Thursday, February 12, 2009


Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has become prime minister in a deal with his rival President Robert Mugabe to try and save the nation.The two agreed to share power last year after elections that were condemned around the world.But their mistrust and continued disagreements delayed dual control and raised questions over how well the rivals will be able to work together.Implementation of the power-sharing deal only came after increased pressure from south African countries who feared a total meltdown in once-prosperous Zimbabwe.Mr Mugabe, in power since the country's independence from Britain in 1980, is one of Africa's craftiest political operators.Mr Tsvangirai is a former trade union leader known for fiery speeches but his leadership skills in government remain untested.

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