Zimbabwean election officials count ballot papers after the close of voting on a referendum in Harare, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Zimbabweans approve new constitution by landslide
Posted : Tuesday, 19 March 2013 08:58AM
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabweans have approved a new constitution that curbs the powers of the presidency and puts the country a step closer to holding national elections in the next few months, the election commission said on Tuesday.
Nearly 95 percent of voters in a referendum approved the new charter which was supported by President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, political rivals who were forced into a power-sharing deal after disputed elections in 2008.
(Reporting by Cris Chinaka; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Ed Cropley)
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