29 Jul 2008

Zimbabwe talks stall

4:31 pm on 29 July 2008

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe says talks with the government of President Robert Mugabe aimed at reaching a power-sharing deal have stalled.

The Movement for Democratic Change says the talks deadlocked over what position opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai should hold.

They also disagree over how long a national unity government should remain in power.

The talks began last Thursday after Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai signed a framework for discussions to end a deadlock over Mr Mugabe's re-election on 27 June in a one-man election.

Mr Tsvangirai won the first round election on 29 March.

The Southern Africa Development Community and the African Union want a power-sharing deal.

Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980.