28 Oct 2008

Summit fails to break Zimbabwe deadlock

3:00 pm on 28 October 2008

A regional summit has failed to break a deadlock over a power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki said earlier that he was confident the meeting would salvage an agreement reached on 15 September between President Robert Mugabe and his opponents to share power.

There have been weeks of unsuccessful negotiations between the ruling ZANU-PF party and two Movement for Democratic Change factions.

The Southern African Development Community convened the meeting on Monday.

A full summit of the group's members is now likely to be held on the issue.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai defeated Mr Mugabe in a presidential election on 29 March, but Mr Mugabe won the second round in June after Mr Tsvangirai pulled out, citing the killing and intimidation of MDC supporters.

Mr Mugabe, 84, has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.