Cabinet meeting without Tsvangirai

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe led a Zimbabwe cabinet meeting yesterday despite a boycott by unity partner prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who flew to South Africa to appeal for regional mediation.

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe led a Zimbabwe cabinet meeting yesterday despite a boycott by unity partner prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who flew to South Africa to appeal for regional mediation.

"The cabinet started at 9am. The session is being chaired by Mugabe," a government official said.

Tsvangirai left Harare for South Africa on Monday to seek help from regional leaders who mediated the fragile power-sharing pact after he cut ties with Mugabe's "dishonest and unreliable" camp on Friday.

He flew to neighbouringMozambique yesterday to meet President Armando Guebuza, chairperson of the Southern African Development Community bloc's defence and security body inChimoio.

Zimbabwe state media reported yesterday that Mugabe, pictured, will not recognise Tsvangirai's suspension of ties until he (Mugabe) is formally informed. - Sapa-AFP

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