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New Prime Minister Could End Political Violence in Zimbabwe

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.

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), is sworn in by President Rober

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is sworn in as prime minister.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends the swearing in ceremony of new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabaweans greet their new Prime Minister.

Tsvangirai vowed to rebuild Zimbabwe's shattered economy and end political violence.


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