Cautious optimism

2008-09-17 00:00

On Monday Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing agreement. Mugabe will remain president and head the cabinet, with Tsvangirai as prime minister, and Arthur Mutambara, leader of a breakaway faction of the MDC, as deputy prime minister.

In other words, it may be that the Zimbabwe signing was not the natural outcome of intelligent debate arriving at true agreement, but something artificial, in which cracks will very soon appear. This is surely not a secure foundation on which to rebuild Zimbabwe, a task requiring the full co-operation of all involved, an acknowledgment of past mistakes, and unremitting hard work.

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