Freed Tsvangirai Arrives in South Africa

Zimbabwe opposition leader gets passport back, talks to continue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2008 5:37 AM CDT
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has arrived in South Africa. He was prevented from traveling there yesterday and had his passport confiscated by Zimbabwean authorities.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Morgan Tsvangirai has arrived in South Africa today on the eve of a weekend summit with regional leaders expected to focus on Zimbabwe's political crisis, reports the AP. The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change will meet with Thabo Mbeki, the South African president who is mediating power-sharing talks between Robert Mugabe and the opposition. Tsvangirai was given his passport back and allowed to leave the country a day after he was blocked at the airport in his first attempt.

Three days of talks in Harare aimed at achieving a power-sharing arrangement between Mugabe and Tsvangirai stalled on issues of who will appoint the cabinet and run the government. The MDC agreed that Mugabe would remain president and retain control of the army, the Los Angeles Times reports.