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Zimbabwe referendum in March

2013-02-13 18:13
Morgan Tsvangirai (AP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's prime minister announced on Wednesday that the country will hold a constitutional referendum in March followed by elections in July, a timetable that will decide the fate of veteran President Robert Mugabe.

"There will be a referendum in March," said Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe's rival in the power sharing government.

Douglas Mwonzora, a spokesperson for Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, told AFP the referendum will be held on 16 March.

Zimbabweans will be asked to vote on a basic law that would, for the first time, set presidential term limits and abolish the head of state's immunity.

It would also set the stage for a presidential and legislative election that will be held in July, according to Tsvangirai.

- AFP

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