- 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