28 June 2013

Zimbabwe: Mugabe and Tsvangirai Register for Presidential Race

President Robert Mugabe ZANU-PF and rival Morgan Tsvangirai of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) on Friday registered to run for the presidential elections scheduled for July 31 which will end a four year uncomfortable power-sharing deal between the two opposing parties.

Welshman Ncube, who leads a splinter MDC party has also registered to contest the presidential race. However, the race will be between incumbent leader Mugabe, 89, who has been in power since the country gained independence in 1980 and Tsvangirai, 61, a former trade union leader and current Prime Minister.

Earlier this month, Tsvangirai asked the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to influence Mugabe into delaying the poll to allow media and security reforms designed to prevent a repeat of the bloodshed that marred the 2008 election.

The government has asked the Constitutional Court to move the July 31 date, but local political analysts say it might not agree. A ruling on the appeal is expected next week.

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