Zimbabwe Rivals Strike Deal

But details won't be out until next week
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 10:35 PM CDT
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrives for talks in Harare, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe's rival factions have reached a power-sharing agreement to end Robert Mugabe's 28-year monopoly on power, the Independent reports. Details, however, won't be spelled out until Monday, leading some Western analysts to reserve celebration. In broad strokes, however, Mugabe will share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who will be prime minister. Tsvangirai confirmed the deal, but Mugabe hasn't addressed it.

"It's made in Zimbabwe, it's made by Zimbabweans," said South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, who brokered the deal. "The rest of the world needs to respect that the people of Zimbabwe have taken a decision about their own country." Unclear is the future role of the military and the potential for further violence. The nation's economy, meanwhile, remains in freefall.