Well, it took longer to unravel than I expected. Regardless, any 'deal' agreed now would be a mere charade. "Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is expected to get the green light from his Zanu-PF party to form a government with or without the opposition, party officials said. This move would likely finish off a fragile power-sharing pact which has been deadlocked for months while the parties have fought over control of key cabinet posts." - ITN. In an perverse twist, Mugabe has hinted at fresh elections should the power sharing 'deal' collapse. I guess he's been busy printing its 'results' since the last ones in March. Meanwhile the economic situation has descended to levels of catastrophe that defy belief. "The Zimbabwe dollar on Friday [Dec 19] plunged by more than 50 percent in a space of 24 hours following the unveiling of the Zd 10 billion note by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ). The Zimbabwe dollar, which was pegged at Zd 350 000 against a single unit of the US dollar, on Friday shot to Zd 900 000, according to black market rates. The Zd 10 billion note, the highest bank note in the world, is now equivalent to only USd 10. " The latest figure for annual inflation I have read is 230 Million %.