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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:00 PM

Zimbabwe's Mugabe, Tsvangirai agree on new constitution

Source: Reuters

By Nelson Banya
HARARE | Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:47pm EST

(Reuters) - Zimbabwean leaders Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday they had resolved disputes over a proposed new constitution and would soon call a referendum on the charter, a key step before elections due this year.

Mugabe - president since independence in 1980 - and Prime Minister Tsvangirai are bitter rivals but formed a coalition government after disputed elections in 2008, with the tabling of a new constitution a top priority before fresh elections.

The new constitution had looked in doubt last year when Mugabe's ZANU-PF party tried to overhaul curbs on presidential powers and a strengthening of parliament. The draft also proposes devolving power to provincial councils.

The coalition leaders met for nearly four hours at Mugabe's official residence to clear hurdles on the path to a new charter.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/17/us-zimbabwe-constitution-idUSBRE90G11820130117

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:03 PM

1. Translation: They've agreed to split the loot.

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Response to Archae (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:02 PM

3. WTF! What do you know about Morgan Tsvangirai? This is a disgusting attack on a brave man

It is amazing he has accomplished what he has and isn't in a body bag yet. This has the potential to be a real water shed moment in dealing with big boss dictators of Mugabe's ilk.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:21 PM

2. I cannot believe Mugabe is still calling the shots over there

He's got to win the award for longest standing brutal dictator.

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