Friday, November 02, 2007

Mugabe signs successor choice law

From the BBC:

Last Updated: Thursday, 1 November 2007, 14:51 GMT
Mugabe signs in a successor law
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe - 18/07/2007
President Mugabe intends to run in elections next year
Zimbabwe's president has signed into law an amendment to the constitution that allows him to choose a successor if he decides to retire mid-term.

Robert Mugabe's choice would then be voted in by parliament which is dominated by his Zanu-PF party.

The constitutional amendment bill, which also allows presidential and parliamentary polls next March, had the backing of Zanu-PF and the opposition.

Mr Mugabe has said that he will seek another term in next year's elections.

Analysts say they expect Zanu-PF to dominate the joint elections in March 2008 and for Mr Mugabe to then put a hand-picked successor in place.

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