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A powerful orator from humble beginnings, Morgan Tsvangirai was arguably the two men developed an uneasy working relationship, squabbling As a young man, Tsvangirai worked in a rural mine to support his family. president Robert Mugabe has alleged that the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai tried to get Mugabe's support ahead of the elections. He went on to form a unity government with Mugabe after disputed Tsvangirai and Mnangagwa enjoyed a cordial relationship with the.
China's leaders, who have have long enjoyed a close relationship with Zimbabwe's beleagured president, feared growing protests in the run-up to the Games and so leaned on Mr Mugabe to agree to the historic talks which began on Thursday. Their move came after Russia and China together infuriated the West by blocking a United Nations Security Council attempt to impose sanctions on members of the Zimbabwean regime.
Mr Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, met for the first time in 10 years last week after signing a memorandum of understanding mediated by South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, to form a government of national unity. But while Mr Mbeki basked in the glow of the diplomatic coup, winning high praise from the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy - currently in charge of the EU presidency - Zimbabwean government sources said he had little to do with it.
One government insider said: This explains the sudden change of heart by Mugabe. This is all choreographed. But he insists he holds no rancour towards Mugabe. We learn a lot from reconciliation.
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If Mugabe is losing his grip on power at home, the tide is also turning amongst Zimbabwe's neighbours.
And therefore they are asking if supporting Mugabe is really in the best interests of the region," Tsvangirai said.
Zimbabwe has been subject to international sanctions for the past decade but the European Union says it will suspend most of them once a credible referendum is held on a new constitution — which could be as soon as next month.
But Tsvangirai said the sanctions should be lifted already. But he knows that the real test of the country's progress, and his leadership, will take place next year, when the country goes to the polls.
Inafter Tsvangirai celebrated his second marriage with a glitzy party attended by guests arriving in Bentleys, Mercedes and BMWs, some of his followers were aghast at the ostentatiousness of the display and questioned who had paid for it. By the time elections were held the following year, Tsvangirai was greatly weakened.
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He accused Mugabe of rigging the election and challenged him in the courts. But Mugabe claimed victory with 61 per cent of the vote, compared with 34 per cent for Tsvangirai, and it seemed that Tsvangirai's brush with high office was over.
That was certainly Mugabe's view.Mugabe at Zanu-PF rally, opposition leader Tsvangirai gives presser
You are never going to rise again. Inhe was part of a united front with other opposition groups, including the Zimbabwe People First movement, which is led by Joice Mujuru, a former vice president and onetime guerrilla fighter who was ousted by Mugabe in But this time, we will refuse to be defeated.
After Mugabe was overthrown, there was fevered speculation that Mnangagwa would seek a more inclusive form of rule than that of the leader he had just ousted. Instead, Mnangagwa lauded Mugabe and announced a government of his own supporters, including the military. Even as he fell ill with cancer, however, Tsvangirai failed to groom a successor, and he left behind a fractured party with no obvious leader to challenge Mnangagwa in the elections expected this year.