Zimbabwe

Zim to hold polls by June 29 – minister

2013-03-21 12:00
Patrick Chinamasa. (File, AFP)

Patrick Chinamasa. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Special Report

Mugabe: Europe shouldn’t tell Africans about women
Mugabe: Europe shouldn’t tell Africans about women

Zimbabwe president and soon-to-be-elected AU chairperson, Robert Mugabe, says the representation of women in European parliaments isn’t good enough to warrant them advising Africans about the issue.

Harare - Zimbabwe will hold elections by June 29 to end a shaky unity government formed four years ago between President Robert Mugabe and his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, state media reported on Thursday.

"It is imperative to have the elections by June 29 because we will no longer have a parliament by then, and a country cannot run without a parliament," The Herald newspaper quoted Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa as saying.

"As the minister of justice I am not entertaining the holding of elections after June 29 unless circumstances beyond my control happen."

His remarks came days after Zimbabweans endorsed a draft charter, one of the key preconditions for new elections to choose a successor to the power-sharing government that was negotiated by regional mediators after the 2008 disputed elections.

Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai back the draft, which curtails the president's powers and sets a limit of two five-year terms.

Over three million Zimbabweans voted last Saturday in favour of the draft constitution.

Many said they had not seen, read or understood its contents.

The charter is expected to be gazetted next week before being submitted to parliament and then given the seal of approval by Mugabe.

Tsvangirai earlier this week welcomed the referendum result, saying it "sets in motion a new and democratic paradigm for the country".

- SAPA

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  patrick chinamasa  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.