Mugabe brings the new constitution to an early vote
Zimbabwe holds a referendum on a proposed new
constitution. It is believed it will be followed by
fresh elections to end the nation's shaky coalition government.
President Robert Mugabe officially set the referendum date on February 12.
Advocacy groups say such a hasty poll does not allow enough time to educate voters on the rewritten constitution.
The new constitution was completed early February after three years of disputes, bickering and delays. Democratic reforms to the constitution were a key demand of regional mediators after violent and disputed elections in 2008.
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