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Zimbabwe Power-sharing Agreement Finalized

Longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai entered into a formal power-sharing agreement Wednesday. NPR correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton updates the story from Harare.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    We begin with Zimbabwe. Yesterday, the authoritarian president Robert Mugabe entered a formal power-sharing agreement with a new prime minister, long- time opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Margaret Warner talked to NPR correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who's covering that story in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, thanks for joining us. This is Morgan Tsvangirai's first day on the job. What's the mood among Zimbabweans you've talked to?

  • OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, National Public Radio:

    There's a lot of hope in Zimbabwe, and there's been a collective sigh of relief, because, of course, Zimbabweans, who are so weary of a humanitarian crisis, an economic crisis, a political crisis, have been begging their political leaders to make peace, share power, and try to propel this country out of the catastrophe it's living through, including a cholera outbreak.

    But there are skeptics who are saying there is no way that President Robert Mugabe and his new prime minister and former arch rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, can share power. It's divided Zimbabwe on this issue, but everybody's hoping.

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