Zimbabwe's MDC calls for fresh poll

Tsvangirai wants elections if Mugabe cannot cede power to him.

    Tsvangirai called for fresh elections, supervised by international observers [AFP]

    "We should not be pushed into a deal," Tsvangirai said.

    "We would rather have no deal than get a bad deal. We have time on our side. We have the people on our side."

    Mugabe threat

    Mugabe has been threatening in recent days to name a cabinet without MDC officials.

    The opposition says that would undermine the talks. Mugabe has yet to carry out the threat, raising the possibility he made it only to pressure Tsvangirai at the negotiating table.

    Thabo Mbeki, the South African president, will meet Zimbabwe's rival parties in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, on Monday in a new attempt to secure the power-sharing deal.

    Ronnie Mamoepa, a spokesman of the South African ministry of foreign affairs, confirmed Mbeki's trip.

    Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in a March 29 election but fell short of enough votes to avoid a June run-off, which was won by Mugabe unopposed after Tsvangirai boycotted it, citing violence and intimidation against his supporters.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.