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African Leaders Guide Zimbabwe Toward Elections


South African President Jacob Zuma (R) poses with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe before talks, in Pretoria, June 10, 2011

South African President Jacob Zuma (R) poses with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe before talks, in Pretoria, June 10, 2011

African leaders are meeting in Zimbabwe Saturday to lay out a roadmap for the country's presidential elections.

Members of the Southern African Development Community want to delay elections until a new constitution is adopted.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his majority ZANU-PF party insist elections be held this year.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 31 years, was forced into a shared unity government because elections three years ago produced no clear winner.

His rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, heads the unity government, which has been wracked with disputes.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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