Zimbabwe's Baffling Power-Sharing Agreement

After months of conflict, Zimbabwean political rivals Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai have finally agreed to share power. One problem: The deal is so confusing and vague, even close observers are having trouble sorting out exactly how it’s supposed to work.


The full details of the deal hammered out on power-sharing in Zimbabwe have been made public, but the document leaves its readers with more questions than answers.

The agreement signed in Harare on Monday is far from clear.

It says that executive authority shall be shared between President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the cabinet.

The only guidance on how this will be done is the instruction that “in exercising this authority the President, Vice Presidents, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers must have regard to the principles and spirit underlying the formation of the Inclusive Government and act in a manner that promotes cohesion inside and outside government.”

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