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Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF will begin negotiations on a power-sharing deal in earnest today , officials said yesterday .
The rivals kicked off preliminary talks on Tuesday aimed at ending Zimbabwe's crisis, President Thabo Mbeki's spokesman said.
He declined to say what was discussed.
"I won't talk about what it is. I will say talks resumed, and talks are continuing," Mukoni Ratshitanga said.
"They have started more or less. [They will be] in earnest tomorrow."
Mbeki, mediating in the crisis, secured a framework deal between Mugabe and opposition leader Tsvangirai on Monday for talks aimed at ending the deadlock since Mugabe's re-election on June 27 in a poll boycotted by the opposition because of violence.
Pressure for power-sharing has come from regional states concerned by the political and economic crisis that has forced millions of refugees to flee to Zimbabwe's neighbours, most of them to South Africa.
Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper said Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Public Services Minister Nicholas Goche would represent Zanu-PF at negotiations, while the MDC would be represented by secretary-general Tendai Biti and deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma.
A splinter faction of the MDC would also have two negotiators at the talks.
The main aim of the Pretoria talks will be the creation of a government of national unity, but the two sides differ on who should lead it and how long it should stay in power. - Reuters