Tsvangirai gets new passport

"I can confirm Mr Tsvangirai was given his passport on Christmas Day," a senior official of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Tsvangirai, who is Zimbabwe’s prime minister-designate, had not been granted a new passport since his previous one expired last year and was issued with emergency travel documents every time he left the country.

In October, Tsvangirai refused to use the temporary travel document to travel to a regional summit in Swaziland to try to resolve an impasse in power-sharing talks between the MDC and President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.

Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba, explained on October 20 that the delay in issuing the opposition leader with a new passport was "because Zimbabwe is running out of paper for passports… because of sanctions" imposed on the regime by the West.