Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe 'Moving On'

New PM talks about challenges facing him in uniting dueling parties
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Arthur Mutmbara, deputy Prime Minster of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai, new Prime Minster of Zimbabwe and Thabo Mbeki, South African President join hands.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's newly appointed PM after months of strife against President Robert Mugabe, is ready for the challenge of uniting his nation's dueling political factions. In an interview with the Guardian, Tsvangirai said that while Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is "moving on" without him, it's unlikely Mugabe will ever be charged for his crimes.

Tsvangirai's difficulties will include leading many of the Zanu-PF members who led a campaign of violence against his party, and dealing with people like the police chief who has vowed not to salute the new prime minister. Undaunted by his task, Tsvangirai notes that, "In the process of change of this nature that is expected, but it does not stop a train moving forward."