Zimbabwe's foreign minister says next year's parliamentary elections will not be postponed, as the country's opposition leader has suggested.

Zimbabwe's state media quote Foreign Minister Stanislaus Mudenge as saying a delay in the elections, scheduled for March, would violate the country's constitution. Mr. Mudenge made the comments in Harare Monday, during a briefing of diplomats from developing countries.

The reports said he was responding to a question regarding the position of Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Mr. Tsvangirai is reported to be asking other nations to push Zimbabwe to postpone the election because of concerns about voter registration and other issues.

International observers have alleged that President Robert Mugabe's controversial re-election in 2002 was flawed.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.