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Zimbabwe Struggles To Unite For Peace, Can It?

The situation in Zimbabwe has gone beyond “critical” into a human disaster stage in which unemployment has now reached 90% and inflation is at a 250,000,000% rate while million s have fled the country in search of any form of work. Movement for Democratic Change,(MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has decided to accept the position of prime minister of a unity government even though common sense suggests Robert Mugabe will not surrender any power to his opponent. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged Tsvangirai to assume the position and promised it would help ensure a genuine sharing of power. Unfortunately, the SADC is not able to guarantee that will ever happen.

Tsvangirai was faced with a lose-lose position. If he refused to enter the “coalition government,” it meant disaster, if he enters the coalition government it may only result in the disaster being blamed on him as well as on Mugabe. The SADC promised to ensure a 12 member supervisory board would make certain there would be sharing of power, but that is a hope rather than an assurance.

Livni Seeks To Create Coalition Government

The exist of Prime Minister Olmert will be accompanied by the entry of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni who will soon become the new prime minister. The undecided question is whether Livni will work toward building bridges of peace with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. As a first step Livni met with Labor Party chairman Ehud Barak who is expected to play a key role in any coalition government that emerges provided Livni and he can put aside their personal conflicts with one another. Barak has been assured of a “full partnership” with Livni.

Creating a coalition government that is strong enough to withstand pressure from right wing groups which oppose meaningful compromises with Palestinian leaders is the greatest challenge confronting Livni. She is still attempting to cope with the apparent anger of Shaul Mofaz’s announcement that after losing the fight to become the party leader, he is leaving the political world.

New Look Zimbabwe Government

The new look Zimbabwe coalition government that was hammered out after months of negotiation led by South African President Mbeki, has finally been described to the public. th new government will have six executive posts headed by President Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai in the newly created position of prime minister. Mugabe will chair the National
Security Council which includes the army, police, and secret services, but Tsvangirai will also be a member of this group. The meetings should be interesting, given that the police, army, and secret services have been responsible for physically assaulting Tsvangirai. Mugabe has promised to be allies with his former enemy, a statement that most probably reflects his desperation. His crazy policies have wrecked the economy as well as brutalized countless thousands and forced nearly 3,000,00 to flee the nation.

Mugabe needs this agreement more than anyone. Unless, he agreed to a coalition government there would have been no prospect of receiving aid from any country either in Africa or the West. He is trapped in the chaos he created and only Tsvangirai can save what little remains of a nation that has been brutalized and economically destroyed.

Lebanon Walks Tightrope Of Coalition Government

After months of confusion and turmoil, Lebanon finally has a government and there is some hope it might result in being able to confront serious problems that have been left on the way side due to an inability of bringing diverse groups together. Hezbollah will have a veto on any action taken and former General Michel Suleiman will assume the office of presidency. In a sense, the trouble is just beginning for Lebanon which must decide if Hezbollah is to retain its arms. At present, Hezbllah due to its powerful military force is able to hold off any action by the Lebanese army to make it conform to government decisions.

Prime Minister Fouad Siniora believes the urgent needs are regaining confidence by the world in the ability of Lebanon to govern itself and to prepare for upcoming elections. There are important goals, but more important is the role of Syria and Iran in using money and power to influence decisions within Lebanon. Frankly, the situation if too unstable and confused to have much confidence things will work out OK.

New Pakistan Government Vows Independent Course

The triumphant Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) has seleced Makhdam Amin Fahim as the new prime minister of the nation as it worked with a broad new coalition of political parties to confront President Musharraf. The Pakistan Muslim League-N has agreed to join the coalition on condition that the demand of its leader, Nawaz Sharif, for restoration of judges sacked by President Musharraf are restored to their former positions. The coalition is working on new plans which would curtail the powers of the president such as ending his right to dissolve parliament and ensure he no longer has the power to replace judges because they oppose his views.

President Musharraf made clear in a column for the Washington Post his desire to work with the new coalition and put together a comprehensive political, economic, and military strategy that would end terrorism and restore stability to his nation. All Pakistan parties and the president were reassured by the resounding defeat of Muslim parties in the last election. It is evidence the people of Pakistan reject terorrism and violence.

The American military is concerned the new coalition will curtail further drone attacks in the northwest volatile regions of Pakistan. There is also worry the new government might emphasize negotiations with militants rather than military efforts. Perhaps, the Pakistan moderates realize negotiations that lead to peace are more desirable than continued fighting.