February 11, 2009

Zimbabwe swears in new PM

Per CNN, Zimbabwe swore in Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister.

"The post was specifically created for Tsvangirai as part of a unity government that Zimbabweans hope will signal an end to the political and economic crises that have gripped the nation for months," CNN reported.

Last year, violence broke out over political conflicts that accused the country's president, Robert Mugabe, of cheating to win the general election, CNN reported. Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change party, and Mugabe, of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front party, have been political rivals for years

Different news outlets are reporting on the swearing in.

@africanewsfeed: Zim: Tsvangirai assumes post as PM: Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai ass.. http://tinyurl.com/c5537k

@skynewsaust: Tsvagirai to be sworn in as PM: More evidence highlighting Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis - where more than 3,00.. http://tinyurl.com/b6h9nz

@alertnetdotorg: Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai to take office as PM: Source: Reuters (Adds Zimbabwe refugee quotes) By MacDonald Dzirut.. http://tinyurl.com/ck6bnc

One source reports that there has been a "thorny start" for the new government, as police detained activists for handing out roses outside of parliament.

@earthtimes: EXTRA: Thorny start: Zimbabwe activists held for handing out roses http://tinyurl.com/b53q43

A Twitter user finds that Arabic news network Al Jazeera is covering the swearing in with a live feed.

@giantpandinha: "No, we can't" - Aljazeera is covering the swearing in of Zimbabwe's new government live http://tinyurl.com/584at3

Another Twitter-er notes that Mugabe may not be pleased with the ceremonies surrounding his former rival.

@teejayh (Cambridge, UK): Zimbabwe: Mugabe has lost his enthusiasm to attend today's ceremony making Tsvangirai the PM. He's discovered it's swearing in, not at.

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