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Zimbabwe Unity Talks Fail

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have failed to come to an agreement on a unity cabinet, the BBC reports.

After disputed election results in June, the two agreed to a power-sharing deal nearly three weeks ago. Under this deal, Mugabe would remain president, while Tsvangirai would become the new prime minister.

According to Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamba, the talks regarding cabinet placements have stalled based on disagreements over who should control finance and home affairs portfolios.

However Tsvangirai's party, the Movement for Democratic Change, said that the disagreements center over the entire cabinet.

Zimbabwe's economy has experienced the world's highest inflation rate, 11,200,000%. In addition, the UN estimates that two million people are in need of food aid.

The Times of South Africa reports that Mugabe has been reluctant to give up control of ministries such as home affairs, local government, defence, agriculture, economic affairs, youth affairs and women affairs.

The Times' sources reported that Mugabe had initially agreed to give up control of the financial sectors to Tsvangirai in order to campaign for the lifting of sanctions against his government.