Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New constitution

AFP via IC publications:

Zimbabwe's rival parties have drafted a constitutional amendment creating the post of prime minister, which opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is supposed to fill under a power-sharing deal, the government said Tuesday.

Information Minister Sikanyiso Ndlovu said the amendment was sent to former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who has mediated Zimbabwe's political standoff between veteran President Robert Mugabe and Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"Constitutional amendment number 19, key to the formation of an inclusive government, is now complete and has been sent to the mediator in South Africa for scrutiny," Ndlovu said on state television.

"The draft bill will then be gazetted according to law. After gazetting, the draft will have 30 days waiting period for the public, clergy churches, stakeholders to scrutinise and to make their own observations", he said....

The MDC wrested control of parliament from Mugabe's ZANU-PF party for the first time in general elections in March....

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