David Ford said: “This decision demonstrates the immense bravery of Morgan Tsvangirai. I am pleased to see him take office as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
“Most of us believe that Morgan Tsvangirai should be President, but at least becoming Prime Minister is a step in the right direction. He is a true visionary who can lead Zimbabwe out of troubled times.
“He impressed us all so much during his visit to Belfast last year. I want to congratulate him on becoming Prime Minister and pass on my best wishes to him.”