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deal close as SADC pushes Zimbabwean rivals

The murmurings from South Africa are that a real deal is close as the heads of the two main political parties in Zimbabwe have hacked away at some of the main difficulties that have made for a protracted negotiation.

Sources say that the undertaking at the start of the talks had been to have a signed deal by end of Sunday when the summit ends.

While Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the opposition party has said that a deal remained elusive because of the sticking points from earlier in the week, he also appeared to give hope by saying that the talks themselves were going very well.

SADC is pushing both sides and insiders say that behind closed doors they are talking tough.

What remains to be seen is whether the two sides will have something special for their people at the end of the summit which is just a few hours away.

My guess? I have no idea