Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister of Zimbabwe, has rejected a plan by President Robert Mugabe to hold an election on July 31, accusing the country’s leader of violating the constitution.
Tsvangirai said that Mugabe was creating a political crisis in the southern African country, and that an election could be held no earlier than August 25.
Addresing a news conference on Thursday, the PM said that Mugabe had violated a power-sharing agreement, set up after bloody and disputed polls five years ago, under which he has been a partner in a factious unity government.
“Mugabe is deliberately precipitating a constitutional crisis,” Tsvangirai told a news conference. “As prime minister I cannot and will not accept this.”He reiterated his view that the state media and security forces needed to be reformed before any poll to ensure it was fair.
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