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Tensions rise over Mugabe appointees

October 14, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe swore in two vice presidents despite a deadlock in power-sharing talks with the opposition movement, heightening the tensions threatening to unravel the negotiations.

The opposition called the swearing-in ceremony an act of bad faith. The move also was condemned by the European Union.

The new vice presidents are Joyce Mujuru and Joseph Msika. The power-sharing agreement gave those posts to Mugabe's party, but the opposition said the president should not have gone ahead while the overall deal has not be completed.

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