African Leaders Guide Zimbabwe Toward Elections

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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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.

Mr. 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.