Zuma in London for Zimbabwe Talks

South African leader takes harder line on Mugabe
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 6:06 AM CDT
ANC President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates during the closing session of the African National Congress conference in Polokwane, South Africa, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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(Newser) – South African leader Jacob Zuma has arrived in London, where he'll meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown to discuss the political deadlock in Zimbabwe, reports the BBC. Before the meeting, the head of the ruling African National Congress said that the delay in the release of last month's election results is "unacceptable." But he did not explicitly say that Morgan Tsvangirai had won the poll or that President Robert Mugabe should step down.

Zuma, the presumptive next president of South Africa, has taken a harder line with Mugabe than the current office holder, Thabo Mbeki. Zuma's insistence that the electoral commission is "destroying its credibility" appeared to have been coordinated with comments by Tsvangirai, who offered Mugabe an "honorable exit" if he steps down, according to the Times of London.