25 April 2013

Zimbabwe: Malawi President Banda Urges Peaceful Elections in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe must hold peaceful elections this year to ensure regional stability, Malawian President Joyce Banda said while on a trip to Zimbabwe.

Banda hoped the elections will be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner, as seen during a referendum last month, she said at a banquet hosted by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday.

"It is my sincere hope that the same spirit will prevail during the harmonized elections, which this country is planning later this year," Banda said. "The political and economic stability of this nation is of critical importance to Malawi and indeed the entire region, as we put our efforts together to integrate our economies."

Zimbabweans endorsed a new constitution during a referendum that was held last month. The south African country will hold elections later this year, with no date yet set.

Source: Bloomberg

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