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Zimbabwe's Leaders Fail to Agree on Unity Government


Political leaders in Zimbabwe have failed to agree on a unity government, threatening a power-sharing deal aimed at pulling the country out of its political and economic turmoil.

President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai took part in the meeting Saturday, along with the leader of an opposition party splinter group, Arthur Mutambara.

The talks ended without a deal, but all the parties agreed to have their negotiators continue to work on settling their differences. One sticking point has involved the distribution of key ministry and government positions.

Mr. Mugabe of the ruling ZANU-PF party and Mr. Tsvangirai of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) signed a historic power-sharing deal in September. That agreement calls for Mr. Mugabe to remain Zimbabwe's president and Mr. Tsvangirai to become prime minister.

Zimbabwe has been without an official government for months following disputed presidential elections. Mr. Tsvangirai won the most votes in the first round, but he pulled out of the runoff because of alleged state-sponsored violence against his supporters.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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