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Interpretations Differ On Source Of Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Difficulties

The Zimbabwean power-sharing process launched in July and enshrined in September with a formal agreement has deadlocked and could reach a critical juncture Monday when a subgroup of leaders of the Southern African Development Community will try to push the feuding signatories into an overdue national unity government.

President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change party founded by prime minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai have traded recriminations as to who is to blame for the impasse. Since Monday, when Tsvangirai failed to attend a SADC session in Swaziland, debate has focused on Tsvangirai’s passport - or lack of one.

For perspective on the process and the passport controversy, reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe spoke with two London-based Zimbabwean political analysts: George Shire and Bekhithemba Mhlanga.

Mhlanga said the power-sharing talks were flawed from the outset.

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