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SADC calls off Zimbabwe summit

2013-06-06 17:19
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Johannesburg - Regional mediators have postponed a special summit to assess Zimbabwe's readiness for general elections, a South African official said on Thursday.

"It has been postponed to a later stage," said Clayson Monyela, foreign affairs spokesperson, of the summit originally scheduled to be held on Sunday in South Africa.

No reason was given for the postponement nor was a new date announced for the meeting of presidents of the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The summit was expected to discuss a range of issues including the cash-strapped Zimbabwean government's efforts to raise the $132m election budget.

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ruled last Friday that President Robert Mugabe should organise elections no later than 31 July.

The polls aim to end an uneasy SADC-brokered unity government between Mugabe and his rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, which was formed in 2009 after deadly disputed elections.

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