Opposition to begin crisis talks with Mugabe


Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said today it would hold low-level talks with the ruling ZANU-PF on the future of the country in the aftermath of last month's disputed presidential election.

The talks, due to begin tomorrow, follow recommendations from the Commonwealth which last month suspended Zimbabwe for one year after President Robert Mugabe reinforced his 22-year grip on power through elections widely seen as flawed.

Small teams of officials from the MDC and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) will meet to map out an agenda for talks between their leaders.

The talks are also likely to tackle the country's worsening food crisis.