Voices Mandela delivering his first public speech since his release from jail in Cape Town in 1990 - the same year Mandela visited Dublin

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Opposition to gain majority of cabinet posts in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's political leaders will sign a historic power sharing agreement today which, in effect, ends Robert Mugabe's 28-year monopoly on power. For the first time since white rule ended in 1980, the 84-year-old President will have to govern with a cabinet in which the combined opposition will have a majority of seats.

Morgan Tsvangirai: 'I will have to trust Mugabe'

Zimbabwe's prime minister-to-be talks exclusively to the <i>IoS</i>

The most fragile of deals: Mugabe finally cedes power

For 28 years, Robert Mugabe has reigned like an absolute monarch. The power-sharing deal to be signed on Monday in theory closes that chapter in Zimbabwe's troubled history. It whittles down his powers in key respects. But some analysts are unsure whether the complex arrangement brokered by South African President Thabo Mbeki will hold together long enough to produce effective government.

Zimbabwe rivals agree power-sharing deal

Zimbabwean leaders have clinched a historic power-sharing deal that will end five months of political stalemate between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader who defeated him in the first round of the presidential election.

Zimbabwe power-sharing deal struck

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has agreed to share power with the opposition after more than two decades as the country's unchallenged leader.

Mugabe pressed to agree deal for 'twin cabinet'

President Thabo Mbeki has come up with a unique compromise proposal in which Zimbabwe would adopt a "twin cabinet" arrangement. This as he desperately tries to get that country's negotiating parties to conclude a much-awaited power sharing deal.

Mbeki to meet Zimbabwe rivals

South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has arrived in the Zimbabwean capital to revive powersharing talks. He will meet Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai as well as Arthur Mutambara, leader of a breakaway group from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

'Deal or no deal' threat to Mugabe

If Robert Mugabe cannot agree at the negotiating table to surrender most of his powers, he should put the decision to his people in a new election, the main opposition leader said.

Mugabe ploughs ahead with cabinet

Zimbabwe's opposition leaders accused President Robert Mugabe yesterday of abandoning talks aimed at forming a unity government, saying he would fail if he tried to rule alone.

Mugabe to form government without MDC

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will form a new government soon but he says the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change does not want to join, state media reported.

Mugabe's grip on power loosens as rival wins vote for post of speaker

Robert Mugabe's increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power suffered a heavy blow yesterday when the opposition Movement for Democratic Change won a vote for the coveted post of speaker of parliament.

Mugabe takes generals' advice and abandons deal

Robert Mugabe has abandoned a negotiated solution to the Zimbabwean crisis at the behest of the generals who prop him up, sources have told The Independent.

MDC: "Mugabe's plans endanger talks"

Zimbabwe's main opposition MDC said on Wednesday plans by President Robert Mugabe's government to convene parliament would endanger power-sharing talks between the country's political rivals.

Levy Mwanawasa: President of Zambia who fought against corruption and was a fierce and vocal critic of Robert Mugabe

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