Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has returned to Zimbabwe after an absence of more than two months. The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is to have fresh talks with President Robert Mugabe on a stalled power-sharing deal.

8-09-zimbabweThe rivals will discuss a four-month-old unity government agreement, which has never been implemented. Mr Tsvangirai has been away amid a now-resolved dispute over the government’s failure to issue him a new passport.

He left Zimbabwe on 10 November for a summit in Johannesburg, where regional leaders tried and failed to push the rivals into a compromise on forming a unity government. The MDC leader has spent much of the last two months in Botswana but he flew home via South Africa on Saturday.

Mr Tsvangirai, who remains prime minister-designate, and Mr Mugabe are due to meet on Monday for talks mediated by South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, his predecessor Thabo Mbeki and Mozambican leader Armando Emilio Guebuza.



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