Mugabe Demands Threaten to Torpedo Zimbabwe Pact

Wish to fill all key cabinet posts would relegate opposition to window dressing
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 8:45 PM CDT
Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change, became prime minister in a power-sharing deal, but that's now on the rocks in the face of new demands.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New demands from President Robert Mugabe have the power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe on the ropes, the Guardian reports tonight. Mugabe told Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader slated to be prime minister under the pact, that he wanted the right to appoint all key cabinet ministers—a move that would render the Movement for Democratic Change little more than window dressing.

"We want to share power," a party spokesman said. "But Mugabe wants to swallow the MDC. We will not allow that. He wants all the key ministries—finance, home affairs, defense, information, foreign affairs, justice and even women and youth."