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Mugabe Sees Constitution Referendum in May, Herald Says

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March 31 (Bloomberg) -- President Robert Mugabe said Zimbabwe should hold a referendum to decide a new constitution in May, the state-controlled Herald said, citing him.

Mugabe, 88, said the “dance was over” and that the four-year power-sharing agreement between his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the Movement for Democratic Change should end, the Herald reported. Mugabe was speaking to members of his own party, the newspaper added.

Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party shares power with the MDC, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, after the Southern African Development Community said elections in 2008 didn’t meet regional standards of fairness.

A SADC-brokered agreement between the two rival parties led to a power-sharing agreement that may see presidential and parliamentary elections held either this year or next.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Johannesburg at in Harare at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.