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BREAKING: Mugabe signs constitution

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President Robert Mugabe signed the Zimbabwe Constitutional Bill into law at State House this afternoon.

Report by Tapiwa Zivira, Online Reporter

The new document- approved by over 90 percent of Zimbabweans in a referendum held in March- replaces the 1980 Lancaster House Constitution that came out of negotiations at the country’s independence from Britain.

President Mugabe appends his signature to the new constitution while senior government officials look on. Picture by Stanley Kwenda
President Mugabe appends his signature to the new constitution while senior government officials look on. Picture by Stanley Kwenda

The ceremony was attended by top government officials, diplomats, and representatives of non-governmental organisations.

Mugabe’s unity government partners, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Vice President Joice Mujuru, and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara were among those in attendance.

The formulation of a new constitution is part of the Global Political Agreement, a power sharing deal signed by the main political parties in 2008

The signing of the new constitution marks a major milestone towards the harmonised elections expected this year.

More details to follow in tomorrow’s edition of Newsday

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