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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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A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 8 years
Congrats, Nya!! your statement about people climbing cell phone towers just made my eyes sting with tears. how moving it must have been!
em1282 em1282 8 years
"oh and people climbed trees and cellphone towers to see his inauguration, to say that the mood was jubilant is an understatement, didn't go to class to celebrate with my friends from back home lol " That must have been awesome to see, nya!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Congrats Nya :)
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Thanks for the Nya!!! Enjoy the's definitely been a LONG time coming!!!!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks for the story.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
oh and people climbed trees and cellphone towers to see his inauguration, to say that the mood was jubilant is an understatement, didn't go to class to celebrate with my friends from back home lol
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
People are happy but also cautious. we wanted Mugabe totally gone but short of a war which no one want this is the next best thing. civil servants will be paid and schools will reopen on Monday thank you Lord so all signs are positive. The man he has chosen to overhaul our economy is Tendai Biti and he is one of the most amazing men out there and a lot of people are sure he is the solution we need to fix our economy, now if the could only fire the head of our central bank
tiabia tiabia 8 years
What wonderful news!!! Nya, congratulations :-)!!! How is your family handling the news?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Well put, Nya!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Nya, congratulations; this looks promising. How are the reactions from people?
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Nya, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations! What's the mood there? :hug:
stephley stephley 8 years
"But in a swipe at widespread human rights abuses in Zimbabwe under Mr. Mugabe’s regime, Mr. Tsvangirai told thousands of supporters at a rally that “political violence must end today.” "IN A SWIPE" - how about 'cautioning his supporters', or 'warning Mugabe loyalists'? It wasn't political sniping, it's a very important point. Good luck to them - makes our problems seem like business as usual.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Without violence slowly but surely we are pushing out the dictatorship. Now it's up to the ministers as well to start fixing their sectors but the ones Morgan has chosen are great at what they do and have been beaten up and tortured but still stood firm.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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