Key parts of Zimbabwe power-sharing face delay

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- There are new concerns in Zimbabwe today about the power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and the main opposition group.

A government-controlled newspaper says key aspects of the deal will not go into effect until next month. Under the deal, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (SVAHNG'-ur-eye) is to become prime minister while Mugabe remains president. But the prime minister's post doesn't yet exist and Zimbabwe's constitution will have to be changed to create one.

The Herald newspaper quotes a Mugabe aide as saying parliament will take the matter up when it opens in mid-October and not before.

A spokesman for Tsvangirai, however, says he expects a way will be found to swear-in Tsvangirai earlier, even if the post hasn't technically been established.

Mugabe, Tsvangirai and the leader of another opposition faction have pledged to make the deal work. But long-simmering and bitter differences as well as the nation's economic collapse have put the deal under intense pressure.

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


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