Power talks close to collapse as Mugabe refuses to back down

Published on 20 January 2009

Power-sharing talks in Zimbabwe appeared close to final collapse last night as the two sides remained "miles apart" on details of a unity government. After nine months without a legal government, the shattered country now faces further political uncertainty to add to a cholera epidemic, famine and economic meltdown. [...] Political deadlock has prevented international donors from putting together a rescue package. The World Food Programme says there are shortfalls in January's feeding programme.

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