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Tsvangirai off to meet ‘Brotherly Leader’ Gaddafi

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Tsvangirai off to meet ‘Brotherly Leader’ Gaddafi

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has gone off to meet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the current chairman of the African Union. And while the “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the [Socialist] Revolution” is now being rehabilitated by the West, after years of being blacklisted as a chief sponsor of global terror, we don’t reckon he will help Tsvangirai much in his attempts to get Robert Mugabe to honour Zimbabwe’s power-sharing accord. Mugabe and Gaddafi have long and strong political ties, and despite Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change "disengaging" from the unity government recently, it rejoined it weeks later after mediation by the Southern African Development Community. Tsvangirai is hoping that as one of the guarantors of Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement, following contested elections in 2008, the AU head honcho will help him maintain diplomatic pressure on Mugabe. It’s a gamble at best.Read more: Reuters,


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