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Zimbabwe's former prime minister and its ex-vice-president have joined forces in a bid to oust President Robert Mugabe in the country's 2018 election.

Even at the over-ripe old age of 93, President Mugabe knows that the country's crisis is unsustainable.

Mujuru, who leads the National People's Party, was sacked from Mugabe's government and the ruling ZANU-PF party in December 2014 and later formed her own party. Mujuru said the agreement was a "roadmap of how we shall move from here to the Promised Land". "That is going to be a game changer". A freedom fighter in Zimbabwe's independence war, Mujuru served as vice-president in the ruling ZANU-PF coalition from 2004 until 2014, when she was ejected from the party after Mugabe accused her of plotting to overthrow him.

The two did not reveal the contents of the pre-election coalition MoU, but Mujuru said she would lead the political committee, Tsvangirai the diplomatic committee, while People's Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti would be on the legal committee.

An alliance with Mrs Mujuru, which the MDC leader is convinced, was now close to becoming a reality, would help win over the doubting Thomases, some observers say.

Morgan Tsvangirai, 65, who was Zimbabwe's prime minister in an uneasy coalition government with Mugabe from 2009 until 2013, said he and Joice Mujuru, who was Mugabe's vice president for a decade until she was sacked in 2014, would seek to form a coalition government to bring political change.

"We have chosen this day to take the first step to bring all Zimbabweans under one roof so that we can work together to remove this unmitigated repression and misgovernance that pervades our lives", he said. "They can have a coalition of 100 opposition parties, we don't care".

"From us as the leadership of the National People's party and the rest of the National People's Party members, supporters and sympathisers, I would like to say our happiness is immeasurable because a lot of people in Zimbabwe have been asking us questions".

While the gap between Mr Tsvangirai and Mrs Mujuru's parties was narrowing, they were viewed with suspicion by smaller parties who have since formed their own alliance known as the Coalition of Democrats (Code).

It also shares the belief that a divided opposition would be a gift to Zanu-PF in next year's elections.

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