Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Talks Stall; Mbeki Leaves

Mugabe reportedly tries to sideline Tsvangirai
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 10:42 AM CDT
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, second right, arrives for ongoing talks with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – South African president Thabo Mbeki today left Zimbabwe without a power-sharing deal, as official media reported that Robert Mugabe had struck an agreement with a breakaway leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, sidelining its leader Morgan Tsvangirai. A spokesman for the MDC splinter group told Bloomberg there was no deal.

"Nothing has been signed by anyone and the negotiations will continue," the MDC source said. The confusion comes after three days of talks among Mugabe, MDC leaders, and Mbeki, whom Reuters reports said talks did not break down, and that Tsvanigirai is still weighing his options.