June 13, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Five years after bitterly disputed elections, Zimbabwe faced a new political conflict Thursday as President Robert Mugabe called elections for July 31 and his rival swiftly rejected the date. The rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, told journalists he would not let Zimbabwe be rushed into "another illegitimate election. " Mugabe issued a presidential decree Thursday setting the date, ignoring the opposition of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, which says it would be impossible to hold free and fair elections by then.
September 14, 2009 |
The European Union said it would not remove sanctions targeting longtime Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his loyalists or resume development aid until more is done to implement a year-old power-sharing agreement and restore human rights. Winding up the first visit by a high-level EU delegation since 2002, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Karel de Gucht said sharp differences remained between Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the former opposition leader, over their coalition agreement signed Sept.
April 19, 2009 |
Zimbabweans on Saturday celebrated their first Independence Day under a coalition government, with President Robert Mugabe calling for national reconciliation as he shared the stage with his former political rival. As on previous anniversaries, the military paraded and fighter planes flew over a stadium in Harare, the capital. But this year's proceedings were "indeed unique," Mugabe told the crowd of about 40,000, "giving us the opportunity to celebrate as one family."
April 6, 2009 |
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's 4-year-old grandson has drowned less than a month after the Zimbabwean leader's wife was killed in a car crash, his spokesman said Sunday. Tsvangirai rushed home from Victoria Falls, on the border with Zambia, where he had been taking part in a planning conference for ministers in the unity government, spokesman James Maridadi said. The child, Shaun, drowned Saturday in the swimming pool at the prime minister's home, Maridadi said.
March 10, 2009 |
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday sought to quash speculation among his supporters and others that a car accident that injured him and killed his wife was an assassination attempt. "In this case I want to say there is no foul play. It was an accident that unfortunately took away her life," he said, addressing supporters outside his home in Harare, the capital. Many opponents of President Robert Mugabe have been killed in suspicious car crashes.