Mbeki: Zimbabwe power-sharing deal struck

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- South Africa's president says he has successfully mediated a power-sharing deal between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and the opposition.

South Africa's Thabo Mbeki did not offer details, but said Thursday that the agreement would be signed Monday. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told reporters the parties "have got a deal."

Mbeki has been in Zimbabwe since Monday trying to work out how Tsvangirai and Mugabe would run a unity government.

The key stumbling block has been how the two rivals would divide responsibilities and who would have the most authority.

Mugabe had shown little willingness to give up much of the power he has held since independence from Britain in 1980.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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