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US calls for world community to put pressure on Mugabe

Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party, announced Friday that he would suspend cabinet meetings. Al Jazeera reported that Tzvangiriai’s choice for deputy agricultural minister Roy Bennett was rearrested on long-discredited terrorism charges. President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the MDC agreed on a power-sharing deal after disputed elections this February, but actions by Mugabe threaten to tear apart the unity government.

Ian Kelly, a US State Department spokesman, said that president Mugabe hasn’t show commitment to democratic reform and political openness, nor has Mugabe committed to the power-sharing deal he had agreed upon. The US called on the world community to put pressure on Mugabe to implement the unity agreement. Botswana president Ian Khama warned that the Zimbabwean government is on the verge of collapse.

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