African leaders are putting pressure on Zimbabwe’s president to accept a transitional government with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Neighbouring countries want Robert Mugabe to call off Friday’s presidential election run-off. But so far he has refused, insisting it is his legal obligation.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said: “Through President Thabo Mbeki, and the members of the Southern African Development Community, we will try to install a transition government; a government where responsibilities will be shared. Tsvangirai will be the prime minister.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Mugabe may have to cooperate.
“If he continues and everybody decides to brand his administration illegitimate, then he stands a very, very good chance of being arraigned before the ICC for human rights violations,” said the Archbishop.
For now Tsvangirai remains inside the Dutch embassy in Harare. He has apparently given his accord to the African leaders’ proposal.