Mugabe warns he will form government without powersharing

September 4th, 2008 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Harare, Sep 4 (DPA) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is putting opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai under pressure, threatening to set up a government on his own if the latter doesn’t agree to a powersharing arrangement, reports said Thursday.”If after tomorrow (Thursday) Tsvangirai does not want to sign, we will certainly put together a cabinet. We feel frozen at the moment. We will not allow a situation where we will not have a cabinet forever,” Mugabe told the state controlled Herald newspaper.

Talks in South Africa between Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Mugabe’s Zanu-PF on the formation of a government of national unity have so far not reached an agreement.

After the last round, Tsvangirai refused to sign a draft agreement that would have made him prime minister but without the powers of a head of government. Mugabe would have remained president.

The MDC, which has a slight majority in parliament, has said that the unilateral formation of a government would mean the end of the talks.

Tsvangirai took the most votes in the last credible presidential election March 29. Mugabe won the second round of voting June 27, but only after Tsvangirai withdrew over a spate of killings of MDC supporters by Mugabe supporters.

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