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Tsvangirai gets a new passport – is Mugabe realising that Tvsangirai has his rights as an individual?

Posted by African Press International on December 29, 2008

HARARE, Sunday (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s government has issued a new passport to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has said its earlier refusal to do so showed it was not sincere about a power-sharing deal, an MDC official said on Sunday.

President Robert Mugabe’s government has not renewed Tsvangirai’s passport for the past six months, adding to tensions in negotiations on forming a government.

“He was given his passport but that is his right,” an MDC official said. “While it is a good development, there are outstanding issues to the formation of a unity government.”

Under the power-sharing agreement, Mugabe’s ZANU-PF will have 15 cabinet seats in the new government, Tsvangirai’s MDC 13 and three for a splinter MDC group.

Tsvangirai charges that Mugabe wants the opposition to assume a junior role in the government, accusing the 84-year-old leader of allocating his party all powerful ministries.

He accuses government agents of abducting MDC activists and has threatened to suspend negotiations with ZANU-PF if arrested party members are not brought to court by January 1.

The police last week charged rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and eight other activists with plotting to overthrow Mugabe. If tried and convicted, they could face the death penalty.

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