Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has said the opposition MDC has until Thursday to agree a power-sharing deal, or he will form a government.
“We feel frozen at the moment [without a government],” he told state media.
The MDC has rejected the ultimatum and said it will not be “bullied” into signing a deal.
Both Mr Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai say they won elections earlier this year. The MDC says it was subjected to state-sponsored violence.
At talks mediated by South Africa the two rivals agreed that Mr Tsvangirai would be named prime minister while Mr Mugabe remained president, but they cannot agree on how to share powers.
The MDC wants Mr Mugabe to become a ceremonial president, while the ruling Zanu-PF party insists he retain control of the security forces and the powers to appoint and dismiss ministers.
“If after tomorrow [Thursday], Tsvangirai does not want to sign, we will certainly put together a cabinet,” the state-owned Herald newspaper quotes Mr Mugabe as saying on his return from Zambia on Wednesday.
“We are a government and we are government that is empowered by elections. We should form a cabinet. We would not allow a situation where we will not have a cabinet forever,” he said.