'Mugabe may rule Zim for 10 more years'
28 January 2013, 16:15
Cape Town – President Robert Mugabe will be allowed to try and extend his 33-year rule for another decade, according to a new constitution agreed on between his party and its main opponents to pave the way for elections.
A report by Bloomberg on Monday said while the constitution limited the holder of the office to five-year terms, the measure was not retroactive.
"A person is disqualified for election as president or vice-president if he or she has already held office as President under this constitution for two terms," reads part of a clause in the draft constitution. An official confirmed that this meant that terms served under the existing constitution would be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility for the next election.
The constitution also stipulates that the position of prime minister, currently held Movement for Democratic Change's Morgan Tsvangirai would be abolished.
Mugabe who turns 89 next month has already been endorsed as Zanu-PF's candidate in the forthcoming harmonised elections.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai have ruled Zimbabwe in a coalition government since 2009 when the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) compelled the leaders to form a government together to end a decade-long political dispute and economic recession.