Zimbabwe ruling party, opposition reach deal on elections

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change announced an agreement Tuesday on the adoption of a bill for joint presidential and legislative elections next year.

Zimbabwe ruling party, opposition reach deal on elections
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change announced an agreement Tuesday on the adoption of a bill for joint presidential and legislative elections next year.

"As a confidence-building measure we have made a bold decision not to stand in the way of the constitutional amendments," Thokozani Khupe, deputy leader of the main MDC faction, said in parliament.

"This should be regarded as a first step in resolving the national crisis," she added.

Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa told lawmakers that the agreement "should send a clear message that Zimbabweans are their own liberators and brook no interference in their internal affairs."

"This amendment will demonstrate a level of political maturity and I pray that our new-found unity of purpose will endure," he added.

AFP
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