Tsvangirai Boycotts Unity Government in Zimbabwe

But he's not pulling out of the coalition just yet
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 1:25 PM CDT
Zimbabwean Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai at a press conference today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai’s party will boycott Cabinet meetings and cut off communication with president Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, theoretically its partner in government. The move accompanies growing anger among members of Tsvangirai’s MDC over Mugabe’s strong-arm tactics and the jailing of a Cabinet minister-designate, the New York Times reports.

“It is our right to disengage from a dishonest and unreliable partner,” says Tsvangirai, who threatened to call for new elections if he doesn't see meaningful reform. ZANU-PF is having none of it. “You say you’ve disengaged, but are not pulling out,” a party official says. “That’s nonsensical. You’re either in or out.”