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Constitutional Amendment 18 of 2007 - Index of articles, opinion and anaylsis
fanfare, controversial Zimbabwe Amendment Bill introduced
Mwakalyelye, Voice of America (VOA)
September 13, 2007
the special index of articles, analysis and opinion on Constitutional
proposing the 18th amendment
to the Zimbabwean constitution passed its first reading in the
house Wednesday with no fanfare despite widespread opposition and
ongoing talks between the ruling party and the opposition as to
the specifics of the bill which stands to significantly reshape
the country's electoral system.
The second reading is
expected next Tuesday. Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa is expected
to announce any proposed changes to the current bill at that time.
law lecturer Greg Linnington of the University
of Zimbabwe told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio
7 for Zimbabwe that the first reading should not have taken place
at all in light of significant pending revisions.
Reports said ZANU-PF
and Movement for Democratic Change negotiators in talks in South
African-mediated talks in Pretoria had agreed a compromise under
which all 210 seats in an expanded assembly would be directly elected
- but the president would appoint 34 out of 84 seats in a similarly
It was unclear whether
the negotiators from both factions of the MDC had demanded a change
to the proposed amendment provision under which parliament would
choose a successor to the president if the executive resigned, died
or was incapacitated. Some worry this provision could allow President
Robert Mugabe to choose his successor.
parliamentarian Innocent Gonese, chief whip of the Movement for
Democratic Change faction led by Morgan Tsvangirai, said he is not
privy to changes to the bill and awaits details in the second reading.
Mutare Central, said it was perfectly normal for changes to be introduced
into legislation during a second reading.
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