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Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe faces humanitarian crisis

world Updated: Sep 27, 2008 19:12 IST

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister designate Morgan Tsvangirai says a new power-sharing government must be formed within days to avert a humanitarian crisis.

Tsvangirai says farming, industry and mining are at a near standstill and that an estimated 5.5 million people will require food aid in the coming months.

The formation of a unity government between Tsvangirai and rival President Robert Mugabe has stalled over the allocation of ministerial posts.

Tsvangirai told reporters on Saturday that it was "imperative" a government be formed "to ensure our people have food and do not die of starvation."

Mugabe is attending the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.