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Zimbabwe Enacts New Constitution Ahead of Elections

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has signed into law a long-awaited, new constitution that curbs administrative powers and clears the way for new elections.

The constitution was overwhelmingly approved by voters during a referendum earlier this year. Both main parties in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government support it.

A new constitution was one of the conditions of the 2008 deal between President Mugabe and his longtime opponent Morgan Tsvangirai, who is now prime minister.

The new charter imposes a presidential term limit of two five-year terms, although longtime President Mugabe, who is 89, would be allowed to seek office again.

Other changes include more rights for women and a scaling back of the death penalty to exempt women, the young and the elderly.

Zimbabwe is now expected to hold general elections later this year to end the coalition government.

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Generosity Overwhelms Quake-Stricken Nepal

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VOA's Steve Herman describes the scene in Kathmandu, where quake survivors persevere despite death toll, which now exceeds 4,300 More

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