21 March 2013

Zimbabwe to Hold Elections By June 29 2013

Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa has announced that Zimbabwe will hold the harmonizedelections by June 29 this year to end a shaky unity government formed four years ago between President Robert Mugabe and his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

According to Minister Chinamasa "It is imperative to have the elections by June 29 because we will no longer have a Parliament by then and a country cannot be run without Parliament, and that the life of Parliament will not be extended and without it you cannot make laws hence the elections should be held by the end of June.

"As the minister of justice I am not entertaining the holding of elections after June 29 unless circumstances beyond my control happen."He said.

His remarks came days after Zimbabweans endorsed the draft Constitution, one of the key preconditions for new elections to choose a successor to the power-sharing government that was negotiated by regional mediators after the 2008 disputed elections.

Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai back the draft, which curtails the president's powers and sets a limit of two five-year terms.

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