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Zimbabwe's new PM: Your views

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been sworn in as prime minister in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe.

Mr Tsvangirai won the first round of last year's presidential election, but refused to take part in a run-off in protest against attacks on his supporters.

At a rally after his swearing-in, the new prime minister said he wanted to stabilise the economy, and he called for an end to political violence.

BBC News website readers in Zimbabwe and other African countries have been sending their reactions to the event.

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MDC views


A breath of fresh air, at last. I am 28 years old have known no other leader but RG. The dawn of a new era. The challenge ahead is too big but surmountable and as Zimbabweans we will be there to support Tsvangirai all the way through.
Maisva, Harare

A whole ten years wasted because of arrogance and intolerance etc, families broken up because of bad policies, I hope the EU and Britain in particular because of historical ties, will unclench their hand and channel donations to specific Ministries mainly Health, Education and other social services. No money to brutal security forces.
Vitalis Choto, Kwekwe

The inclusive government should work because when one is in government, decisions made are not personal as they are presented, debated and agreed by all ministers for implementation. The three parties should coordinate the dissemination of information so that those who are in Zimbabwe dictate the pace, not foreign schemers and speculators who seem to have never wanted Zimbabwe to be free economically since the coming of its empty political independence in 1980.
Mukomba Wajizi, Harare

I am happy about this development, let them get Zimbabwe working again. We want to go to schools, primary, secondary and universities like other children.
Ezekiel Mukanga, Gweru

The jovial mood of the people of Zimbabwe in the streets of Harare is just marvellous to watch. Thousands of them are heading towards the City Sports were the MDC leadership is going to address them. Although there is a huge police presence in the streets, there are no skirmishes or running battles as has been in the past when such rallies are held. I think even the police are happy that the deal has finally reaped positive rewards.
Benson Gotore, Harare

That certainly looks like a good start - like a baby learning to walk, we can expect to stumble before we can run.
Martin , Norton

I am a Zimbabwean and living in Zimbabwe despite low standards of living. I am very happy. Please assist Mr Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe, we need your support. There were two options: civil war and transitional authority, that would stop the security forces and some other groups to stop beating up people. We chose the latter because we are here, war was not an option. Please support our government.
Taurai Mukumba, Harare

That certainly looks like a good start - like a baby learning to walk, we can expect to stumble before we can run. With the necessary support from the international community Zimbabwe can once again stand strong.
Martin , Norton

I think the swearing in of the prime minister and his two deputies is the best thing to have happened to Zim in the last five or so years -we look to an end to hate speeches and hope that schools and hospitals will finally be opened. If this arrangement is working in Kenya, why can it not work in Zimbabwe. God is on our side.
Eliphas Munikwa, Harare

Life is so extremely hard, and all we want is a workable solution, so at this stage we don't care who does it, but we would like to lead a normal, happy life once again. We would like to be able to afford going to a doctor, perhaps even think about visiting a dentist. We would like a continuous, clean water supply. We would like our roads to be maintained, all the potholes filled in. Things that other people consider 'normal', we just don't have, so we just hope that something will improve somehow.
Mairead Newton, Harare, Zimbabwe

At least we can fight for democracy from within. We should slowly but surely completely eradicate Robert's tyranny. We all support Morgan and not this dictator. We are all scattered across the globe because of him.
K., Harare

I am quite happy with the swearing in of our PM. The celebration by most people in town started as early as 6AM as we were coming to work. I observed the city council workers repairing robots lights at Marimba which were down for the better part of the year. Also rarely sweepers started their jobs in town a sign that things are changing.
Brian Jongwe, Harare

As Zims that is what we wanted-a home brewed solution to the myriad of dilemmas the country was undergoing. Now donor funds are really trickling in. We can now access the lines of credit Mugabe government was denied a decade ago. We can also have the balance of payment settled. The IMF and the World Bank won't see us as bad debtors. We are definitely going to settle what we owe those financial institutions as of yesterday. We also cry for debt cancellation as we a viewed as a Least Developed Nation.
Mureza.T.J.Muchena, Harare

Far and above this inauguration being good for setting the foundation for pragmatic and tangible reform in the country's various sectors, this event will ignite sorely needed optimism in millions of Zimbabweans. That optimism and subsequent drive to work hard for our nation can only be sustained if the people have good visibility of the corrective measures being administered by the new government. Can anyone out there keep us informed of the daily decisions being made in the Zimbabwe House a la "Obama's first 100 days"?
Kay Terera, Harare

It has taken this long for the appointment to occur. Time will tell if an inclusive government works. I remain somewhat doubtful.
Nadia McLeod, Harare

It is a historic day for Zim, but Tsvangirai has already messed up even before he starts in his cabinet appointments. One cannot deny the fact that Zimbabwe is a tribally and regionally divided country. And for him to forget that his major power base comes from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South and ignore politicians from that area is a complete disaster. A new election is coming and we are watching.
Josh Mhaka, Bulawayo

Let us all support this power-sharing initiative. Everybody has a role to play, and the time to act is now.
Bessaac Gambe, Harare

To all who got there I just want to say you have all fought well, for your beliefs which we should all respect. ZANU PF, MDCT AND MDC, to you I say do not give up on us, change will not come overnight, you have made it this far. Continue leading us, have the people at heart. Thank you for this great moment which will surely never be forgotten in our history.
Tsitsi Pamela Tsvakwi, Harare

It's good there is new unity government but for someone like myself who comes from Matabeleland, our people are going to get nothing from both Mugabe and Tsvangirai. Only Mugabe's tribe, the Shona will benefit from the government. All the three leaders come from one province and one tribe and no leader is from Matabeleland. How are they going to listen to our grievances.
Jabu Mkhize, Bulawayo

We live in hope - which is certainly not raised when you take note of detainees still incarcerated at the time of the swearing in ceremony… or the fact that the national broadcaster did not see it fit to air the proceedings... was this was the right decision? We keep hoping that leaders can put aside personal issues and take to heart the plight of the people.
Anna, Harare

Tsvangirai did the right thing to be sworn in as prime minister because President Mugabe's hope to revive the economy was now out of question
Charles Mavhunga, Harare

MDC-T should push for an end to the crisis we are in right now. I am optimistic they will achieve that.
Albert Manyise, Zvishavane

We are very happy. Zimbabwe is claiming its position in the world again.
Will, Gweru

It has taken this long for the appointment to occur. Time will tell if an inclusive government works. I remain somewhat doubtful.
Nadia McLeod, Harare

Lest we forget, the new government, rather this new arrangement should best be described as a transition arrangement, period! Within the first six months of its existence, a new, non partisan, people oriented constitution should be drafted. Immediately a referendum is required.
Robson, Harare

Hope it works, I am willing to give them all the support they need. It might be hard but i hope they deliver.
Bekithemba Nkiwane, Bulawayo

Mugabe cannot be trusted, just by looking at his face at the swearing in ceremony. He had this smirk on his face as if prodding anyone to dare him to "delegitimise" his acceptance as the President of Zimbabwe. As it stands, all that we in Zimbabwe can hope and pray for after being dumped and duped by SADC is that the GNU takes off the ground for all our sakes.
U., Harare

It is a new era in Zimbabwe, only God can make it possible. The general populace in ZW needs a relief from all the suffering endured so far. So Bob and Tsvangirai, let us get on with it and no booby traps. We are all Zimbabweans and working for Zimbabweans, your failure is our failure, and same as with success.
Ralph Chigoya, Harare


This power sharing can work though it will take time to get that country back to better, its not promising that the parties will not collide anymore.
Xolani, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

I think it is for good to share the power so as to see the new Zimbabwe with all the current problems being solved, cholera, economic inflation and unemployment for my fellow brother and sisters, may God be with them.
Abreham, Jimma, Ethiopia

Let Tsvangirai take the position and stop pouring scorn on him. By so doing, we hope change in Zimbabwe, especially for the innocent.
Zeferino Ugembe, Maputo, Mozambique

I expect Mugabe to use Morgan to source for funds from donors countries to help stop the problems that he has started. He has decided to be in charge of security because of his greediness for power. I don't expect much help from donors countries, they still see Mugabe as the president. But for the sake of the people let the EU help Zimbabwe.
Hector Simfukwe, Lusaka, Zambia

I should say though this is just one of the many battles that has been won many more are still to come, the time for feasting and celebrating is yet to come. For now we can only say we are one step closer to reaching our goals of peace and prosperity.
Farayi Rushwaya, Oshakati Namibia

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