Latest: Transitional govt talks in progress 

Latest: Transitional govt talks in progress 

Source: Latest: Transitional govt talks in progress – NewsDay Zimbabwe November 16, 2017

Zimbabwe’s best-known opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has called on President Robert Mugabe to resign, as the country’s military leaders continued their efforts to end the isolated strongman’s decades-long rule.


Tsvangirai, who had been receiving cancer treatment abroad, returned to Harare after the military took control In Harare and placed Mugabe under house arrest on Wednesday.

The political upheaval presents Tsvangirai with the best opportunity in years to influence the country’s political future. A senior member of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party told CNN that talks were underway about a transitional government that includes the opposition were underway, and that Mugabe’s exit was a “done deal.”

But in public, Tsvangirai was less definitive, calling the military takeover “unconstitutional” and questioned whether a transitional government was even the right approach. “You can’t force the change (of) government by any means other than by the ballot box,” he told CNN after a press conference, in which he called for Mugabe to step down.