Mugabe May Quit for Immunity

Opposition wary of overtures
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 6:02 AM CDT
Pots of food on sale at a mini bus tavi terminal in Harare, Thursday, April 3, 2008. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, is pondering conflicting advice on whether to cede power.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Aides for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe are in secret talks with leaders of the country's opposition to negotiate a transfer of power, the Guardian reports.  Mugabe may step down in exchange for immunity for past crimes, according to sources. But Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change are treating Mugabe's overtures with caution.

Aides have warned if the opposition does not agree to Mugabe's requests, he'll declare emergency rule, void the results of last week's election and hold a new one three months from now. Although by all accounts Tsvangirai swept to victory in Saturday's vote, no results have been published. Mugabe's party, Zanu-PF, has lost control of parliament for the first time since the end of white rule.