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Zimbabwe & The New Constitution



Zimbabwe is a beautiful country in the continent of Africa that borders South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia however there has been a lot of news coverage lately covering the constitution within Zimbabwe regarding President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai which has captured the attention of many around the globe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai address media at the State House in the capital Harare.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have long been political rivals and after a long awaited period of time they have both finally reached an agreement on a new constitution after more than two years of hindrances and delays as to negotiations and also whether Presidential powers should be reduced.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change  party and President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party entered into a strained coalition in the aftermath of the 2008 election, which was tainted by violence and also some allegations of rigging of votes. It is said that the Prime Minister described this incredulous agreement as a defining moment for the nation’s future. However the adoption of a agreement was led upon the Prime Minister conditioning for polls later this year where President Mugabe is to be challenged for presidency by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

This is an important moment in history for a lot of people all around the world, Zimbabwe has been run by President Mugabe since independence in 1980 and this has consequently long held some dispute over whether he has helped of hindered the economy since with some praising President Mugabe but others claiming it has not helped the economy or growth of Zimbabwe like he should have.

Mr Mugabe is hoping that once the constitution has gone to a referendum and approved by voters that there would be an election later this year upon which the Zanu-PF party has elected Robert Mugabe as their candidate once again. Although at the moment it is unclear as to what decision has been made regarding the army, government issues and policing which both parties had previously before had different opinions on.



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