Friday, August 28, 2009

Zuma Zimbabwe

Zuma: Zimbabwe’s Problems not ‘insurmountable’

Newstime Africa — South Africa’s Pres­i­dent, Jacob Zuma, is in Zim­babwe for talks with the country’s lead­ers. This is his first visit to the coun­try since he became Pres­i­dent of South Africa. Mr Zuma met with Pres­i­dent Mugabe and Prime Min­is­ter Tsvan­gi­rai and had talks with both lead­ers on end­ing the stale­mate in the Unity Gov­ern­ment. There are hopes the Mr Zuma will pres­sure Mugabe to rein in on hard-line ZANU-PF sup­port­ers who are bent on derail­ing the Unity admin­is­tra­tion.

As cur­rent chair­man of SADC, the region’s eco­nomic com­mu­nity, Mr Zuma will use his clout to ensure that the frag­ile unity gov­ern­ment does not col­lapse. He will admon­ish the two lead­ers that it is of Zimbabwe’s vital inter­est that they work together to remove the impasse that has pre­vented progress in the unity gov­ern­ment.
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Zimbabweans look to Zuma for help

Aljazeera — Jacob Zuma, the South African president, is likely to face one of the toughest political challenges of his career when he arrives in Zimbabwe on his first state visit.

Zimbabwe's inclusive government, now just over six-months old, is on shaky ground. Tensions between long-time rivals Robert Mugabe, the president, and Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister, could cripple the new coalition government.
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Zuma says Zimbabwe's coalition government is working

UK Guardian — South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, has given an upbeat assessment of Zimbabwe's unity government, saying he believes the worst of the country's troubles are over.

Zuma held talks in Harare with President Robert Mugabe, who looked well despite speculation over his health, and the prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, in a bid to end feuding between the coalition partners.
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