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    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (SA Regional Office)
    January 18, 2013

    Zimbabwe's inclusive government managed to resolve all sticky issues that had stopped the constitution making process paving way for the finalization of the draft constitution. We will furnish you with the revised document once it's ready. This means Zimbabwe is now geared toward a referendum where citizens will have an opportunity to exercise their democratic right.

    If the process is to follow the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and the Referendums Act, Zimbabwe is likely to have a referendum in April this year. On paper the next steps should be as follows:

    1) The draft Constitution should be presented to Parliament and Parliament should conclude the debate within one month (Read February);

    2) The draft Constitution emerging from Parliament should be gazetted and there should be one month (Read March) to allow campaigns for either a Yes or No vote before the holding of a referendum.

    In the preceding week we met senior government officials in the inclusive government across political parties to re-emphasise the need for key democratic reforms before the general election to pave way for a democratic transition. This is out of our realisation that the transitional process unfolding in Zimbabwe is one of transplacement where actors in government remain key stakeholders.

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