Zim parties to meet to iron out unity deal

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change said it would meet President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party today to resolve "outstanding issues" and pave the way for a long-delayed unity government.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change said it would meet President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party today to resolve "outstanding issues" and pave the way for a long-delayed unity government.

"There is a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to deal with the outstanding issues," MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said yesterday.

"It remains our fervent hope that the outstanding issues are successfully resolved followed by debate, passing and enactment of a constitutional amendment to allow the formation of a unity government," he said.

The MDC decided on Friday to join a government of national unity with Mugabe, ending a protracted deadlock more than four months after signing a power-sharing deal.

The constitutional amendment is needed for MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, leader of a MDC breakaway party, to be sworn in respectively as prime minister and deputy prime minister next week.

Today's meeting of the joint monitoring and implementation committee outlined in the September deals will be presided over by the three parties.

Some of the pending issues raised by the MDC are the immediate release of activists and opposition members and the equitable allocation of key ministries and posts. - Sapa-AFP

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