President’s party pushes elections this year
HARARE | The party of Zimbabwe’s president said Tuesday that elections can be held this year even if political reforms requested by meditators aren’t ready in time.
Rugare Gumbo, a spokesman for President Robert Mugabe’s ZANUPF party, said a new constitution can be ready within weeks to satisfy mediators. But he said Mr. Mugabe still can call elections without it.
South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-mashabane told his country’s parliament Monday that constitutional and democratic reforms required under Zimbabwe’s three-year power-sharing deal must be finalized before a new poll can be held.