Friday, April 04, 2008

Mugabe Holds Out for Immunity

The Guardian is reporting that Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has sent emissaries to the opposition leaders to broker a deal exchanging his resignation for immunity from prosecution - the standard fare sought by tyrants facing ouster.

The opposition, Movement for Democratic Change, has responded guardedly, saying it doesn't trust the intermediaries and wants to deal directly with Mugabe instead.

Apparently the Zanu-PF negotiators have warned the MDC that, without immunity for the president and his top aides, Mugabe will impose emergency rule and schedule a run-off presidential election in 90-days, more than enough time to ensure he rigs the vote properly next time.

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