MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia welcomed
on Wednesday the appointment of Zimbabwe opposition leader
Morgan Tsvangirai to the post of the country's prime minister.
Tsvangirai, the leader of the country's Movement for
Democratic Change, was sworn into office on Wednesday as part
of a power-sharing agreement with President Robert Mugabe.
"Moscow welcomes the fact that Morgan Tsvangirai, the head
of the leading opposition movement... took the oath," the
Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website.
Zimbabwe currently faces record hyperinflation of 231
million percent and 90% unemployment. The extended economic
crisis has devastated the healthcare system, leaving the
country virtually incapable of dealing with a cholera epidemic
that has killed more than 3,500 people.