- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president and his opposition rival agree to immediate talks about sharing power to resolve the country’s political crisis.

President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader are signing an agreement saying they “have an obligation” to establish a framework of “working together in an inclusive government.”

The deal - which comes nearly three months after Zimbabwe’s disputed March presidential election - also calls for preventing “all forms of political violence.” More than 120 people have been killed, thousands injured and tens of thousands forced from their homes since the campaign began, rights groups say.

The agreement calls for talks to conclude within two weeks.

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