Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Rules Out Unity Government
By VOA News
10 June 2008
Morgan Tsvangirai, 10 Jun 2008
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says talk of a unity government is premature, adding that he will compete in this month's runoff presidential election.
Tsvangirai told reporters in Harare Tuesday that his Movement for Democratic Change is focused on the election, which is scheduled for June 27.
Simba Makoni speaks during a media conference in Johannesburg, S. Africa, 10 Jun 2008
He spoke just hours after a former ruling party minister, Simba Makoni, who came in a distant third in presidential voting in March, said the runoff could not be free or fair and should be canceled. Makoni instead urged the MDC to negotiate a transitional government to rule the country for five years.
Tsvangirai defeated President Robert Mugabe in the March 29 election but official results say he failed to secure the majority needed to avoid a runoff.
On Monday, the U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch said Zimbabwe's government has extinguished any chance for a free and fair presidential runoff election with what the group calls a campaign of violence and intimidation against opponents.