ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe believes the unity government will be short-lived and plans to regain his hold on the country.
Mugabe appeared triumphant after being re-elected to the leadership of his Zanu-PF party, which had been severely weakened after it lost its parliamentary majority in last year's contested elections.
The 85-year-old leader was forced into a power-sharing deal with former rivals after the 2008 poll, but many fear it is doomed to fail as Mugabe clings to power.
"The inclusive government has a short life of 24 months," he said on Saturday. "So we must be ready for the elections and we must not be defeated like we were last year."
A new election date has not been set but many observers fear the build-up will see the return of the violence that has marred previous polls.
Joice Mujuru, a former guerrilla fighter in the bush war, retained her post of second vice-president. John Nkomo was elected as the party's other vice-president to replace Joseph Msika, who died this year.
Zimbabwe's ambassador to South Africa, Simon Khaya Moyo, will take over from Nkomo as party chairman.
The party has long been divided over who should eventually succeed Mugabe, but the liberation hero has thwarted any challenges to his leadership.
On Friday lashed out at about 10000 delegates, saying infighting was "eating" the party with Tsvangirai as prime minister. - Sapa-AP