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Zimbabwe PM welcomes South Africa`s intervention

Last Updated: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:22

Harare: Zimbabwe`s Prime Minister has said he is thankful for South African efforts to help rescue his coalition government, and he said South Africa`s President is expected to visit the troubled neighbouring country next week.
A spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma did not comment on a possible visit, but said in a statement that a delegation of mediators sent by Zuma was leaving for Zimbabwe.

"We want to thank the government of South Africa, in particular President Zuma, for helping us," Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told about 30,000 people at a party rally in Harare. "They still continue monitoring what we are doing here in Zimbabwe."

Tsvangirai, the country`s long-time opposition leader, entered into a power-sharing agreement in February with President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country since its 1980 independence from Britain.

South African and other regional leaders had pushed for the coalition following a series of inconclusive elections marred by violence blamed on Mugabe`s loyalists, urging the longtime rivals to work together to end their nation`s political and economic crises.


First Published: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:22

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