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Mnangagwa visits ailing Tsvangirai, rules out power-sharing gov’t

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday downplayed prospects of forming a power-sharing government, telling journalists after visiting ailing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai that there is “no need” for a coalition administration at present.Responding to a question about the possibility of forming a government of national unity (GNU), Mnangagwa dismissed the idea of power sharing with Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

He said there is “currently no need” to form a GNU.

Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, visited Tsvangirai at his Harare home on Friday in a symbolic gesture by the new Zimbabwean president.


The opposition leader, who was prime minister in a unity government that ran from 2009 to 2013, is suffering from colon cancer.

Mnangagwa told journalists that the MDC leader was recuperating well at home and would soon be going back for further medical check-ups in South Africa.

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