Zimbabwe elections next year

Eyewitness News are reporting Sunday that Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has confirmed that he has reached a deal with President Robert Mugabe to hold elections during 2011.

The PM, addressing a rally to mark the 11th anniversary of the founding of the Movement for Democratic Change, said that both have agreed not to challenge the outcome of the poll.

This comes amid concerns over the financial constraints imposed by the fragile economy.

Yet both Tsvangirai and Mugabe believed that with peace prevailing it is now opportune for holding an election. EWN say analysts have warned that political tensions in Zimbabwe are still simmering and could easily break out during the referendum or election.

TheZimbabwean.co.uk quoting other analysts say that Zimbabweans need to get used to the reality of Mugabe remaining in office as life president.

Mugabe told Reuters in an interview last week that he was still fit enough to fend off Western sanctions imposed on him and his top allies – and to knockout political opponents.

Zimbabwe is due to hold its next elections after a referendum on a new constitution, which are now expected next year if Tsvangirai is correct.

According to The Zimbabwean analysts believe that the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) is too fractured to agree on Mugabe’s successor.

Harare may still be alive to the sounds of Mugabe for a few more years yet.int_far_336x280

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