Mugabe's Zanu-PF wants polls this year

2012-03-06 14:58

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22 poachers killed, 900 held in Zimbabwe this year
22 poachers killed, 900 held in Zimbabwe this year

At least 22 poachers were killed and 900 others were arrested this year in Zimbabwe, as the country moved to combat the problem of poaching, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change has reportedly said.

Harare - The party of the Zimbabwe president says elections can be held this year even if mediator-requested political reforms aren't made.

Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson for President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, said on Tuesday a new constitution can be ready within weeks to satisfy mediators. But he says Mugabe can still call elections without it.

South Africa's foreign minister told that country's parliament on Monday that constitutional and democratic reforms set under Zimbabwe's three-year power-sharing deal must be finalised before any new polls.

Gumbo said it is possible to put a new constitution to a referendum this year, followed by elections soon after.

South African President Jacob Zuma is chief regional mediator on Zimbabwe.

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