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Collective sigh: it’s about time

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It seems that something might finally be happening in the entire Zimbabwe nightmare…

U.S. no longer supports Zimbabwean unity deal: envoy

The United States cannot support Zimbabwe’s proposed power-sharing deal as long as Robert Mugabe remains as president, the top U.S. envoy to Africa said Sunday.

“We have lost confidence in the power-sharing deal being a success with Mugabe in power. He has lost touch with reality,” said Jendayi Frazer, U.S. assistant secretary of state for foreign affairs.

Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed on Sept. 15 to form a unity government, a pact supported at the time by the United States. But the agreement has since stalled over the distribution of cabinet posts and other key government positions.

Tsvangirai said this week that 42 of his supporters have been abducted by suspected state agents, a development that force his Movement for Democratic Change to pull out of power-sharing talks.

“We think [Mugabe] has reneged on the principle of power sharing,” Frazer told reporters in Pretoria, announcing a shift in U.S. policy toward Zimbabwe.

Particularly worrying, she said, was the rapid spread of cholera, an easily treatable and preventable disease that has killed at least 1,000 Zimbabweans since August.

Frazer cited accusations from Mugabe that western powers have waged biological warfare to deliberately start the epidemic as an indication the Zimbabwean president is “a man who’s lost it, who’s losing his mind, who’s out of touch with reality.”

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