Mugabe leaves MDC out of cabinet

President Robert Mugabe says Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC should have cooperated with Zanu-PF.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech at the National Heroes Acre in Harare on 12 August 2013 during Heroes Day celebrations. Picture: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Thursday defended his decision not to include any opposition figures in his new cabinet.

Earlier this week, he announced his cabinet after winning the 31 July polls.

Before the announcement, there were claims by an opposition youth leader that Mugabe's Zanu-PF was ready to hand over five cabinet posts to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

But this was denied by the longtime president.

Mugabe says Morgan Tsvangirai's party should have cooperated with his and accepted its electoral fate.

The MDC claims Zanu-PF's landslide victory was fraudulent.

Mugabe said he expected the MDC to admit it lost and to be prepared to work with the ruling party.

Zanu-PF and the MDC were locked in a coalition pact after the disputed 2008 elections.

The deal was brokered by the South African Development Community (Sadc).

Both sides blamed each other for inadequacies in that government.

The MDC is highly critical of Mugabe's new cabinet and says there are only a few new faces.