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Tsvangirai unhappy with ConCourt ruling

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the Constitutional Court has no right to set an election date.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai pictured on March 15, 2013 talking to church leaders about upcoming elections. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has overstepped its mandate by ordering that the country hold elections before the end of July.

Tsvangirai was reacting to a ruling by the Constitutional Court in Harare on Friday.

Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka says the premier has great respect for the courts but he says the judiciary has no role in setting an election date.

On Friday, the Constitutional Court ordered that the country's general elections must be held by no later than 31 July.

A ruling seen as a victory for Zanu-PF, which has been pushing for early polls, this leaves just two months for the election and very little time for the reforms Tsvangirai wants.

Tamborinyoka says consultations between the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Zanu-PF on an election date were ongoing and the court overstepped its mandate.

Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe has appealed to Southern African Development Community (Sadc) for election funding.