Zimbabwe's PM Warns Military Will Disregard Election Results

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, (C) surrounded by military officers, leaves after opening the 4th Session of the 7th Parliament in Harare September 6, 2011.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, (C) surrounded by military officers, leaves after opening the 4th Session of the 7th Parliament in Harare September 6, 2011.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says the country's military leaders have told him they will not allow anyone but President Robert Mugabe to rule the country, regardless of who wins an election.

At a press conference Thursday in the capital, Harare, Tsvangirai said he and his MDC party do not want a war, and that is why they are insisting on constitutional reforms before any vote is held.

"We are not afraid, ladies and gentleman, of an election, but we will definitely not participate in a war," Tsvangirai said.  "It is because of this that the MDC will not be stampeded into a sham election that is not predicated on the necessary reforms."

President Mugabe has promised to hold elections this year, with or without the new constitution.  But Prime Minister Tsvangirai insists Mugabe cannot call the election unilaterally.

Last week, Tsvangirai and Mugabe set a deadline of March 15 for a constitutional committee to submit its initial draft.

The government-owned Herald newspaper said the two leaders were "deeply perturbed" by the slow pace of the constitutional drafting process.  President Mugabe has recently criticized what some see as deliberate delays in drafting the constitution, which was supposed to be in place a year ago.

Mugabe's ZANU-PF party entered into a power-sharing deal with the Tsvangirai's MDC following violence-plagued elections in 2008.  But progress has been slow and uneven, and the unity government remains fragile.

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by: Outside
March 25, 2012 8:34 PM
Please update your articles on Zimbabwe - if you look at the dates of them, they are not current - however your articles are great, thank you

by: See
March 12, 2012 5:06 AM
The group photograph in this article defines who has ultimate power

by: Jerico
March 10, 2012 7:55 AM
How much longer has this Country got before a catastrophic situation is reached Agricultural production and food sufficiency must surely be one of many dire concerns

by: Mutetwa
March 10, 2012 3:16 AM
This same old blame game, when we all know that since 1965 there has been a stake holder war for resources in Zimbabwe. Don’t forget the fight for resources does not care about Human rights and loss of life, Just look at Iraqi, Libya, and Nigeria etc. Zimbabweans are doomed.

by: L
March 09, 2012 7:34 AM
Seriously? Does Mugabe really think we're going to put up with these kinds of shams much longer? Zimbabwe is a mockery - laughing stock of the world. Has he no shame?? He could have been a true hero and figure if he'd known when enough was enough and stepped down a decade and a half ago.

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