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Zimbabwe Unity Talks Hinge on Military

Thursday, 07 January 2010 11:23 AM

In Zimbabwe, talks between the two parties in the Government of National Unity are set to resume in about two weeks.

The parties are ZANU-PF, led by President Robert Mugabe, and two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the largest is led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The talks are being mediated by South Africa.

The goal is to settle a number of issues not resolved by last year’s Global Political Agreement, which was reached after disputed national elections that led to the current power-sharing agreement.

Among the issues to be settled are the number of governors the government will appoint from the MDC and who should fill the positions of central bank governor and attorney general.

But one important element has been left out of the talks, says political science professor John Mukumbe of the University of Zimbabwe: the control of the military and security services.

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