Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Asks Regional Leaders to Intervene to Resolve Political CrisisBy VOA News
25 June 2008
Morgan Tsvangirai, 22 Jun 2008Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has asked regional leaders to form a transitional team to lead the nation out of its political crisis.
Speaking Wednesday in Harare, Tsvangirai called on the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, backed by the United Nations, to oversee a transition. He outlined a four-point plan that includes the release of all political prisoners and the swearing-in of lawmakers elected in the March 29 vote.
The Movement for Democratic Change leader also asked for end to violence, including the disbanding of war veteran militias and unofficial roadblocks, and the resumption of humanitarian assistance.
Southern African leaders are holding an emergency meeting in Swaziland's capital Mbabane Wednesday to discuss Zimbabwe's violent political crisis.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has refused to give in to international pressure to postpone Friday's presidential runoff election after Tsvangirai withdrew.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga joined the chorus of criticism, warning Wednesday that if the world does not act now, Zimbabwe could face the kind of disaster seen in Rwanda in 1994.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Wednesday said he will be seeking tougher financial and travel sanctions against members of the Mugabe government.