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Mbeki leaves zimbabwe after deal with breakaway faction

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(AFP/Desmond Kwande)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (L) stands beside South African President Thabo Mbeki (C) on August 9. Mbeki says talks over Zimbabwe’s crisis had paused to allow opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai “time to consider”.

South African President Thabo Mbeki today flew out of Zimbabwe after striking an agreement with a breakaway opposition faction.

Mbeki’s spokesman, Mukoni Ratshitanga says “Mbeki is going to give a report to SADC chair of defence and security, President Jose (Eduardo) dos Santos.

Talks adjourned after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe reached a deal with Arthur Mutambara, the leader of a smaller Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) grouping, that would lead to the formation of a government.

Main MDC opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai left the negotiations early on Tuesday amid suggestions that he was being cut out of a deal to end the country’s political crisis.

The MDC spokesman added as that “The talks are adjourned not ended, but he wouldn’t say until when. Tsvangirai needs more time to consult on specific matter(s)”.

He would not say whether the talks would resume before or after the weekend.