Mbeki mediates critical talks in Zimbabwe amid political crisis

Mbeki mediates critical talks in Zimbabwe amid political crisis

Former president Thabo Mbeki travelled to Zimbabwe in an effort to lend a helping hand. The ANC veteran mediated talks between the ruling party and its opposition.

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Former president Thabo Mbeki played mediator between Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition boss Nelson Chamisa.

Mbeki was attempting to end Zimbabwe's current political crisis, on an invitation sent by Mnangagwa himself.

The two politicians met with Mbeki separately, ironically on Reconciliation Day, with further meetings being held on Tuesday.

The Movement for Democratic Change, the nation's opposition, says that they refuse Mnangagwa as a legitimate ruler.

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Mbeki was brought in to attempt resolving this difference between the two main political parties, reports BusinessLIVE.

Briefly.co.za reported that Zimbabwe is facing high inflation, currently estimated at 440%, fuel shortages and power difficulties.

This isn't the first time Mbeki has mediated in the country, previously hosting talks between the late Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The result of the talks was a power-sharing government.

Nevertheless, the opposition party claims Mbeki simply does not have the mandate to mediate the current talks, while it indeed welcomes the effort to move forward.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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