Zimbabwe PM sues President over power sharing

Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 18:54

Harare (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe`s Prime Minister
on Thursday filed a lawsuit against President Robert Mugabe,
alleging he violated the constitution and a power-sharing

Morgan Tsvangirai said he seeks annulment of Mugabe`s
unilateral appointment of 10 provincial governors last month,
which he alleged in court papers intentionally violated the
He pointed out that the power-sharing agreement requires
the president to consult with the prime minister before making
key appointments, and that Mugabe did not.

The presidency did not immediately comment.

In October, Tsvangirai sent letters asking the United
Nations, European Union and four nations not to recognise six
ambassadors that he said Mugabe appointed without consulting

The UN said it couldn`t disown Zimbabwe`s U.N.
ambassador, but said it would urge full implementation of the
power-sharing deal.
The coalition government was formed after disputed,
violence-marred 2008 elections. But it is deeply divided,
undermining its job of ushering in a new constitution and
preparing for general elections.

Mugabe last month vowed to call elections next year to
"bring an end" to the coalition with Tsvangirai, his longtime
rival. He said a vote will be held even if constitutional
reforms aren`t completed.

Mugabe was hailed as a liberation hero when he helped
lead Zimbabwe to independence from Britain in 1980. But he has
since been accused of holding onto power by jailing and
beating dissenters.


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First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 18:54

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