Top story: Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai announced that his Movement for Democratic Change will boycott Zimbabwe's unity government over the jailing of one of his top allies. Tsvangirai has been working in an unstable coalition government with President Robert Mugabe since February.
Tsvangirai says the MDC is "not really pulling out officially," but would not attend cabinet meetings or collaborate on any work with Mugabe's Zanu-PF. "We don't have a problem with that," remarked a Zanu-PF spokesman.
Tsvangirai is protesting terrorism charges against his political ally Roy Bennett, who was released on bail seven months ago but then ordered back to jail this week, the day he was sworn in as deputy agriculture minister. "Roy Bennett is not being prosecuted, he is being persecuted," Tsvangirai said Friday. The United States and European Union have both condemned Bennett's arrest as politically motivated.
"Until confidence has been restored we can't continue to pretend that everything is well," Tsvangirai said.
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