Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has taken the desperate step of suing his main partner in the coalition government â€“ President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai filed papers in the Harare High Court on Wednesday, accusing Mugabe of deliberately violating the two year-old power-sharing deal.
This court action shows just how frustrated Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has become.
He wants the Harare High Court to nullify President Robert Mugabeâ€™s recent appointment of governors to 10 provinces, saying Mugabe didnâ€™t consult him in line with the power-sharing agreement the pair signed more than two years ago. This makes the appointments unconstitutional, according to Tsvangiraiâ€™s lawyers.
Itâ€™s not clear how successful this court action will be, but it marks a new low in inter-party relations.
Mugabeâ€™s Zanu-PF has not yet reacted to news of the lawsuit, but on Wednesday the partyâ€™s politburo backed the presidentâ€™s call for an early election.
If Mugabe wins the election he will regain absolute power.
Tsvangiraiâ€™s MDC party says reforms to ensure a free and fair election have not yet been carried out and nor has a new constitution been drawn up.
There are also fears of renewed violence. MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa claims soldiers and Zanu-PF youths have already been deployed in some villages.