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Zimbabwe's Constitutional Reforms Fall Victim to Culture of Violence

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

JOHANNESBURG -- Public meetings held throughout Zimbabwe, intended to seek input for the drafting of a new constitution, have been suspended due to violence, evoking memories of the country's bloody 2008 presidential election and boding ill for the prospects of free and fair elections scheduled for next year.

In the latest twist in Zimbabwe's ongoing political crisis, the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee suspended the outreach exercise late last month, following violence in most parts of the country, particularly the capital, Harare, and the second-largest city, Bulawayo. Two deaths and dozens of injuries were reported. ...

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