Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday demanded the unconditional release of detained party activists before a power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe can be implemented.

Tsvangirai told a news conference in neighbouring South Africa that he remained committed to the power-sharing agreement signed by Zimbabwe’s rival political parties in September but said he lacked a credible partner.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader said there has been several breaches of the agreement by Mugabe’s government, including the abduction and detention of opposition activists.

“These must stop immediately and those abducted and illegally detained must be released unconditionally if this agreement is to be consummated,” Tsvangirai said.

The power-sharing agreement is still seen as the best chance of preventing total economic collapse in once prosperous Zimbabwe. It now suffers hyper-inflation and food shortages while a cholera epidemic has killed over 2,000 people. Amnesty International estimates that at least 43 activists have been docked so far.



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