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Tsvangirai returns to Zimbabwe cabinet after three-week boycott

Tsvangirai returns to Zimbabwe cabinet after three-week boycott Harare - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his ministers returned to the coalition government's weekly cabinet meeting Wednesday after a three-week absence.

The nine-month-old power-sharing government between the country's powerful president, Robert Mugabe, and Tsvangirai appeared in danger of collapsing in mid-October when the prime minister pulled out of cabinet meetings out of frustration with Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

MDC back in bed with Mugabe after SADC summit

Maputo  - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced late Thursday his party would end its boycott of the country's unity deal and gave President Robert Mugabe's party 30 days to fulfill its commitments under their power-sharing agreement.

Tsvangirai made the announcement in Maputo, Mozambique after a regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit.

SADC leaders had urged Mugabe and Tsvangirai to resume their cooperation in the interest of the country.

MDC back in bed with Mugabe after SADC summit

Maputo  - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced late Thursday his party would end its boycott of the country's unity deal and gave President Robert Mugabe's party 30 days to fulfill its commitments under their power-sharing agreement.

Tsvangirai made the announcement in Maputo, Mozambique after a regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit.

SADC leaders had urged Mugabe and Tsvangirai to resume their cooperation in the interest of the country.

Tsvangirai continues to raise concerns over power-sharing deal

Tsvangirai continues to raise concerns over power-sharing deal Harare  - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has again raised his concerns over the failure to implement the power- sharing deal he agreed to with President Robert Mugabe last year, according to media reports Wednesday.

Tsvangirai, during a visit to Mozambique on Tuesday, signalled his commitment to the unity government but noted that would only "re- engage if the power-sharing agreement is implemented in its entirety," the reports said.

Tsvangirai announces MDC boycott of Zimbabwe cabinet

Tsvangirai announces MDC boycott of Zimbabwe cabinetHarare  - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday announced his party would boycott the country's unity government, accusing President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party of failing to keep its side of the country's historic power-sharing agreement.

Tsvangirai said he was pulling ministers from his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) out of a coalition cabinet, while stressing he was not "pulling out officially" from the eight-month-old power-sharing government.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai says Obama "deserves" Nobel

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai says Obama "deserves" Nobel Valladolid, Spain - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday congratulated US President Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, saying he "deserved" it.

Tsvangirai, who had himself been tipped for the Nobel, was speaking in the Spanish city of Valladolid, where received a lifetime achievement award from the Cristobal Gabarron Foundation.

Investors urge Zimbabwe to scrap mines expropriation proposal

morgan-tsvangiraiJohannesburg  - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai came under pressure from foreign investors on Thursday to revise a government proposal which would require mining firms to hand 51 per cent of their investment to local businesses.

Hundreds of investors attended a two-day mining conference in Harare ending Thursday in search of information on investment opportunities and clarity on the government's plans to give Zimbabweans a greater stake in the sector.

Zimbabwean judge orders release of another MDC official

Zimbabwean judge orders release of another MDC official Harare - A high court judge in the Zimbabwe capital of Harare on Monday ordered the release from custody of a top official of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change after the official spent 11 days in jail on what the MDC said were "trumped-up charges."

Police pressed charges of perjury against MDC director-general Toendepi Shonhe for reporting to police that several MDC activists - who had been released in March after having being held in detention for nearly six months - had been abducted on June 2.

Zimbabwe minister accused of stealing mobil phone out on bail

Morgan TsvangiraiHarare - A junior minister from Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party who was arrested for allegedly stealing a mobil phone has been released on bail but still stands charged of theft, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Charles Kwaramba, lawyer for deputy minister for youth Thamsanqa Mahlangu, said his client was released from custody late Monday after the state rowed back on its intention to oppose bail granted by a court last Friday.

Tsvangirai calls for compensating victims of political violence

Tsvangirai calls for compensating victims of political violence Harare - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Saturday that the government would consider compensating victims of last year's political violence.

"We cannot bring back our loved ones who died, neither can we restore broken limbs. But what we can do is pay compensation. Some form of compensation has to be considered," said Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

Zimbabwe reconciliation campaign launched with call for justice

Zimbabwe reconciliation campaign launched with call for justiceHarare  - Zimbabwe's five-month old power-sharing government Friday launched a campaign for reconciliation among political foes after nearly a decade of political violence, with a demand from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Another MDC member jailed on "trumped up" charges in Zimbabwe

Morgan TsvangiraiHarare  - Another MP of Zimbabwe coalition Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic change has been jailed in what the former opposition party says is a plot by President Robert Mugabe to erode the MDC's majority in parliament with fake charges, officials said Friday.

MP Meki Makuyana was sentenced on Thursday in the magistrate's court in the south-eastern town of Chipinge to an effective year in jail on charges of public violence, said Pishai Muchauraya, MDC spokesman in the eastern Manicaland province.

Lawyers were Friday lodging an appeal against the magistrate's decision.

Tsvangirai ministers boycott Zimbabwe cabinet in row with Mugabe

Tsvangirai ministers boycott Zimbabwe cabinet in row with MugabeHarare - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's cabinet ministers launched a boycott of cabinet meetings Monday and said they were "disengaging" from the coalition government with President Robert Mugabe created earlier this year.

Deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe announced the move after Mugabe, apparently due to leave the country on Tuesday for a trip abroad, rescheduled Tuesday's regular cabinet meeting to Monday - apparently in order to avoid Tsvangirai chairing it.

Zimbabwean judge orders release of another MDC official

Zimbabwean judge orders release of another MDC official Harare - A high court judge in Zimbabwe on Friday ordered the release of a top official of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) party after he had been locked up for 11 days on what the MDC called "trumped-up charges."

MDC director-general Toendepi Shonhe was arrested earlier this month for reporting to police that four other MDC activists, released in March after having been abducted and held in illegal detention for nearly six months, had been abducted again.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai encouraged by German talks

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai encouraged by German talks Berlin - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai welcomed Germany's re-engagement with his country on Monday, after Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged further assistance at talks in Berlin.

"I am very heartened by the fact that (Merkel) was able to express support to us," the Zimbabwean premier said in an interview with German Press Agency dpa.

Merkel described Tsvangirai as the "symbol of democratization" of Zimbabwe, adding that there were encouraging signs since the formation of a unitary government in February.

Clinton meets with Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai

Clinton meets with Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Thursday to discuss the prospects for restoring substantial US aid to the troubled country.

Tsvangirai is due to meet with President Barack Obama on Friday on his first official trip abroad that is to include meetings in Europe with British, French, German and otherleaders in his quest for support for reconstruction of his battered land.

Tsvangirai sets off on world fundraising trip

Tsvangirai sets off on world fundraising trip Harare - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai left Harare Saturday for a three-week-long trip that will include meetings with US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in an effort to raise funds to aid his country's struggling economy.

"In the US I'm meeting president Barack Obama. I'm optimistic because Zimbabwe has gone through a very difficult period and its time that we put (our) case across," said the 57-year-old former opposition leader at Harare airport before his departure.

Tsvangirai to visit US and Europe in major drive for support

Tsvangirai to visit US and Europe in major drive for support Harare - Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai embarks this weekend on a trip to the United States and several European countries in a major campaign to win support for the country's new power-sharing government, officials said Thursday.

The 57-year-old former opposition leader is scheduled to meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as the leaders of Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and senior European Union officials.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai to go to US to seek aid, "give reassurances"

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan TsvangiraiHarare  - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will travel in the coming days to the United States to discuss his government's funding difficulties and reassure the West of his commitment to bringing about human rights reforms.

Tsvangirai's spokesperson James Maridadi on Tuesday confirmed the trip but refused to specify its duration, saying the itinerary was still being finalized.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai: MDC suffering "identity crisis"

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai: MDC suffering "identity crisis" Harare- Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Saturday his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was suffering an identity crisis since entering government with his arch-rival, President Robert Mugabe.

"The crisis we face is a crisis of identity," he told MDC delegates at the party's annual conference Saturday in Harare. The MDC is ten years old this year.

"It (the party) is half a donkey and half a horse. It is a mule," he said.



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