The historic deal signed on Monday will see power shared between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai in a new post as prime minister, with splinter party leader Arthur Mutambara named as deputy prime ministe
It is hoped a unity government will pave the way for Zimbabwe's shattered economy to be nursed back to health after a ruinous political crisis that continued as the former breadbasket plunged into further economic freefall.
But Harare-based economist John Robertson said the downward economic spiral would continue for some time."Despite the deal, this year's economic shrinkage will be worse, confidence in the country is low, there has been a lot of skills flight," Robertson said. "The change is going to be very, very slow. The changes are going to take some months. Every battling Zimbabwean will still be battling tomorrow
The JAPANESE PARLIAMENTARY- VICE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHATS WITH THE ACTING PERMANENT SECRETARY IN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION, AMBASSADOR CHARLES SANGA ON ARRIVAL AT THE JULIUS NYERERE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN DAR ES SALAAM YESTERDAY. THE JAPANESE VICE-MINISTER IS LEADING A 37 STRONG DELEGATION OF JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN AND WOMEN TO TANZANIA.(PHOTO BY ASSAH MWAMBENE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS).
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