Zimbabwe’s Leaders Battle Over Vote

[Ed. note: this is another article on the election turmoil in Zimbabwe from another source.]

From the The Wall Street Journal..

June 14, 2013, By DEVON MAYLIE And PETER WONACOTT

Zimbabwe’s leaders are locked in a feud over the timing of the country’s general election, worsening the resource-rich nation’s economic prospects as investors brace for more turmoil before a single vote is cast.

President Robert Mugabe on Thursday called for elections to be held on July 31—a move that complies with a Constitutional Court ruling that ordered elections to be held by that day. Mr. Mugabe used a presidential decree to call the elections, bypassing Parliament.

The move angered Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Mr. Mugabe’s coalition partner and political rival, who has said democratic reforms must be put into place before elections can be held. Mr. Tsvangirai said that because the prime minister wasn’t consulted on the poll date, the president’s move violated the constitution. Mr. Tsvangirai has vowed to fight the decree, which he said risked a reprise of the bloody 2008 election, in court.

Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaks at a news conference in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, on Thursday.

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Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaks at a news conference in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, on Thursday.

“I will not accept a situation where Zimbabweans will yet again be railroaded and frog-marched to another illegitimate and violent [vote],” he told reporters. “Businesses are shutting down, workers are under attack and the economy has frozen. A fraudulent election will deepen the crisis.”  (photo by Reuters)

Link to the entire article:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323734304578543112156866412.html?KEYWORDS=Zimbabwe

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