Mugabe signs new law that will extend his rule for 10 more years

  • Robert Mugabe  signed new constitution that replaces document from 1980
  • Clips  presidential powers and limits them to two five-year terms
  • Cannot be  applied retroactively so Mugabe could stay in power 

President Robert Mugabe may be able to extend  his 33-year-old rule over Zimbabwe for another ten years after signing a new  constitution today.

The law, which was overwhelmingly approved in  a referendum in March, clips the powers of the president and imposes a two-term  limit.

However, it does not apply retroactively  so  the 89-year-old Mugabe could technically extend his three decades in  office by  another ten years.

The constitution replaces a document forged  in the dying days of white minority rule and paves the way for an election later  this year.

A beaming Mugabe, flanked by Prime Minister  Morgan Tsvangirai, his main political rival, and Deputy President Joice Mujuru  signed multiple copies of the charter at State House in the capital Harare to  cheers and applause from aides.

The constitution was formed as part of a  power-sharing deal between Mugabe and Tsvangirai after disputed and violent  elections in 2008.

The five-year coalition government formed  under the same agreement expires on June 29, and parliamentary.

Mugabe has vowed to hold fair and open  elections and a presidential vote could be held as early as August 14.

Zimbabwe is hosting a worldwide United  Nations tourism summit in  mid-August, suggesting that nationwide polls would  take place in  September after what is expected to be the world’s largest  tourism  exposition.

Daily Mail of UK

 

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