SADC to assess Zim's election readiness

2013-05-31 22:07
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Harare - The southern African regional bloc SADC will next month hold a special summit to assess Zimbabwe's readiness for general elections due to be held by the end of July, a top official said on Friday.

"There will be a summit on the progress and roadmap to elections in June," Lindiwe Zulu, a member of the South African team of facilitators on Zimbabwe political talks in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) told AFP.

The summit will be held in the Mozambican capital Maputo, but no exact date has yet been set.

The summit will review a number of issues, including the cash-strapped government's efforts to raise the $132m election budget.

Zimbabwe's constitutional court ruled earlier on Friday that President Robert Mugabe should organise elections no later than 31 July.

The polls will end an uneasy SADC-brokered unity government which was formed in 2009 in the aftermath of election violence and is headed by Mugabe's rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

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