Zimbabwe Passes Unity Deal Bill

Zimbabwe’s parliament just unanimously approved an amendment that will allow opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to become prime minister of Zimbabwe. We’ve been keeping you posted about these developments as they occur at our Zimbabwe page , so be sure to check the ONE Blog for further news.

Details of the amendment below, article here

The move allows a power-sharing deal to go ahead with Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe remaining the president.

Mr Mugabe is expected to sign the amendment on Friday and Mr Tsvangirai is due to sworn in on 11 February.

The power-sharing deal was agreed in September 2008 but has been mired by bitter disputes.

Last week, southern African leaders, who have been mediating the deal, persuaded Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to join a joint administration despite their concerns over Zanu-PF’s commitment to sharing power.

-Chris Scott

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