Outstanding issues "passport" to GNU – MDC

"The biggest passport to the formation of an inclusive government is the resolution of outstanding political issues, that is, issues to do with the allocation of governors’ posts and the equitable allocation of key ministries," MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said.

"We have identified several key ministries which we want shared equitably. It is not about home affairs only, as ZANU-PF falsely claims, and it is not going to be resolved by sharing one ministry as SADC (Southern African Development Community) suggested," he told AFP.

He was responding to a question as to whether the issue of a new passport to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Christmas Day could fast-track the formation of a unity government.

"There is also the issue of abductions, which are taking place against the spirit of the memorandum of understanding and the global political agreement, and the use of hate language in the state media," Chamisa said.

"Our position is that these issues should be dealt with and the Constitutional Amendment number 19 passed in parliament to create a legal framework for the formation of the government," he stated.

"The outstanding issues are not beyond the capacity of the parties to resolve."

President Robert Mugabe and his rivals from the MDC signed a power-sharing deal in September in Harare but negotiations to form a unity government have stalled as both sides squabble over key cabinet posts.