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Mugabe likely to have early elections

Zimbabwean officials say president Robert Mugabe is likely to host elections on the 29th of June.

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ZIMBABWE - A weekly newspaper in Zimbabwe has said President Robert Mugabe wants elections held on or before June the 29th 2013.

The Standard newspaper said Mugabe would simultaneously set dates for the election and announce a referendum date.

The referendum could come as early as March, but a politburo member has told the newspaper that the Zimababwean president wants the 29th of June, as the cut-off date to hold elections.

The date is almost exactly five years, after he was sworn in as president following disputed polls in 2008.  

But, Mugabe will allegedly face resistance from other senior Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) officials who are said to favour a later date.

Meanwhile the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has said it does not want elections to be held under the current Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The MDC said most of the members of the ZEC, were selected by the ZANU-PF party.

ZIMBABWE FINANCES

Meanwhile Zimbabwe's finance minister Tendai Biti has said the country does not have enough money for the referendum and elections in 2013.

He also said the country was going to have to look for external funding and suggested turning to the international community for assistance.

Biti, who is from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has also suggested turning to Zimbabwe's diamond resources.

Zimbabwe needs up to US$190 million to hold the elections and the constitutional referendum.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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