After 11 months of devastating violence, Zimbabwe's waring factions came together in a sign of unity today. President Robert Mugabe presided over the swearing in of his nemesis, Morgan Tsvangirai, who became prime minister.
Last March, Tsvangirai ran against Mugabe for the presidency. Tsvangirai claimed victory, but Mugabe would not give up his seat, and held a discredited run-off election. Since then civilians have suffered horrific violence, usually at the hands of Mugabe-controlled security forces.
Today, Tsvangirai presented his intention to turn the page. After his rival swore him in, he declared:
We must build on this unity by turning our swords into plowshares. . . . Political violence must end today. We can no longer afford brother against brother because one happened to have a different political opinion. I can assure that the culture of impunity and violation of human rights must end, and it must end today.
Hopefully, this power-sharing deal will prevail as a powerful example for other places suffering political violence.