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Analysts worry about Mugabe convening parliament

Analysts worry about Mugabe convening parliament

Negotiations on power-sharing to end Zimbabwe's political crisis may be endangered if President Robert Mugabe unilaterally convenes the new parliament early next week, analysts said.
"The implication of reconvening parliament is that Mugabe is exercising his executive powers, but this might have negative implications on (power-sharing) talks," Takura Zhangazha, director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa told Agence France-Presse.
Zimbabwe's parliamentary clerk, Austin Zvoma, said that newly-elected MPs would be sworn in on Monday, and Mugabe would formally declare open the house - comprising 93 members in the senate and 210 in the lower house of parliament - on Tuesday.
"If Mugabe goes ahead to convene the parliament, it means that he has assumed certain powers to himself which have not be negotiated or agreed upon at the talks," said Ivor Jenkins, director of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.
"It will be a violation of the agreement between the parties and make his action illegal," he told AFP.
Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change party led by Morgan Tsvangirai said Thursday it will attend the swearing in of new MPs but it is opposed the convening of parliament.
Tsvangirai said that any parliamentary session would be "a violation, repudiation of some of the conditions on the Memorandum of Understanding" signed with Mugabe on July 21 in Harare on power-sharing talks.


Updated : 2021-03-04 09:08 GMT+08:00