HARARE - Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed to form a unity government with President Robert Mugabe, despite his party voicing disappointment with a deal reached at a regional summit.
The contradiction suggested differences had emerged within his party over implementation of a September power-sharing pact that could add to uncertainty over whether a new Zimbabwean leadership would be united enough to tackle the economic crisis, The Star newspaper reported yesterday.
World Health Organisation figures mapping the spread of cholera in the country underlined the urgency of the matter.
Regional leaders decided at the meeting on Tuesday that Zimbabwe should form a unity government next month. But the MDC issued a statement saying the outcome fell "far short of our expectations", raising doubts over chances of ending the political deadlock.
Mugabe, who has made it clear he would set up a government without the opposition if need be, said talks were concluded and a new cabinet could now be formed.
The Star quoted Tsvangirai as saying that resolving outstanding issues over a government was a "work in progress".
"Everyone agrees that - subject to the clearing of all the issues that are outstanding - a coalition government can be formed.
"After all, the whole idea of these talks is to form a coalition government, and I therefore agreed to that in principle."
SADC had agreed that Tsvangirai be sworn in as prime minister by February 11. - Reuters