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Zimbabwe's Political Rivals Reach Power-Sharing Deal

A power-sharing deal has been reached in Zimbabwe to end the country's long political crisis.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told reporters as he left the site of negotiations with President Robert Mugabe in the capital, Harare, Thursday, "We have a deal."

The mediator of the talks, South African President Thabo Mbeki, said he is certain Zimbabwe's leaders are committed to implementing the agreement. He said details of the deal will be made public on Monday when the two politicians formally sign the agreement.

The two sides had been deadlocked over how President Mugabe and Tsvangirai would divide power in a national unity government.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change and Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party have been holding talks aimed at ending months of political turmoil, stemming from disputed presidential elections.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change gained control of parliament in the March parliamentary elections, and he won more votes than Mr. Mugabe in the presidential poll.

But official results showed Tsvangirai falling short of a majority, and he boycotted a run-off presidential election because of state-sponsored attacks on his supporters.

Mr. Mugabe won the uncontested run-off, extending his nearly 30-year rule.

The parties had been under international pressure to reach a power-sharing deal so Zimbabwe can begin recovering from its deep economic crisis. The country is suffering food and fuel shortages that have helped drive up inflation to an estimated 11 million percent.

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