Zimbabwe issues Tsvangirai new passport-MDC

Mugabe's government has not renewed Tsvangirai's passport for the past six months.

Zimbabwe issues Tsvangirai new passport-MDC

Zimbabwe's government has issued a new passport to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has said its earlier refusal to do so showed it was not sincere about a power-sharing deal, an MDC official said on Sunday.

President Robert Mugabe's government has not renewed Tsvangirai's passport for the past six months, adding to tensions in negotiations on forming a government.

"He was given his passport but that is his right," an MDC official said. "While it is a good development, there are outstanding issues to the formation of a unity government."

Under the power-sharing agreement, Mugabe's ZANU-PF will have 15 cabinet seats in the new government, Tsvangirai's MDC 13 and three for a splinter MDC group.

The police last week charged rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and eight other activists with plotting to overthrow Mugabe. If tried and convicted, they could face the death penalty.


Reuters

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