Morgan Tsvangirai now prime minister of Zimbabwe

Longtime opposition leader joins a government of national unity with Robert Mugabe

Longtime Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as prime minister today, joining a government of national unity with his rival President Robert Mugabe, who has used violence and intimidation to perpetuate his decades-long rule. Tsvangirai claimed that a power-sharing deal was step on the road toward a democratic government, but many observers fear it has simply extended Mugabe’s hold on power, which has devastated Zimbabwe.