13 Oct 2008

More trouble in Zimbabwe

10:54 am on 13 October 2008

Talks on the formation of a power sharing government in Zimbabwe are in more trouble.

The parties are at loggerheads over a pact signed on 15 September on how to divide 31 cabinet posts.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai threatened on Sunday to pull out of the deal, accusing President Robert Mugabe of trying to secure key ministries for the Zanu-PF party.

He has allocated the ministries of defence, home affairs and finance to his party.

Zimbabwe has the world's highest inflation, chronic shortages of food and foreign currency, and crumbling infrastructure.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is travelling to Harare, to try to break the deadlock.