South African President Thabo Mbeki says it may be necessary to convene
a new Zimbabwean parliament while power-sharing talks to resolve the
country's political crisis continue.
Mr. Mbeki, the chief mediator of talks between Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, made the remark
Sunday following a regional summit in South Africa on the power-sharing
Leaders from the Southern African Development Community urged the two
sides to sign the power-sharing deal and conclude the talks as soon as
But earlier Sunday, a spokesman for Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said no deals have been reached.
The talks are believed to be stalled over the distribution of power
between Mr. Mugabe and Tsvangirai in a national unity government.
Mr. Mbeki said that some regional leaders will continue talks on Zimbabwe's crisis.
Mr. Mugabe was declared the winner of a June 27th runoff election that many international observers dismissed as a sham.
Tsvangirai pulled out of the election, citing state-sponsored attacks against his supporters.
On Saturday, Tsvangirai told "The New York Times" that he would not
agree to any deal that does not give him the authority to rule his
homeland. He said in the interview published Sunday, "It is better not
to have a deal than to have a bad deal."
Zimbabwe's neighbors fear the consequences if its political stalemate and economic decline lead to total meltdown.
Millions of Zimbabweans have fled across the borders to escape the
country's two million percent inflation rate, as well as very high
unemployment and shortages of food and fuel.