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Mugabe may yet hold vote without reforms: analysts HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe appears to have caved in to regional pressure to delay key elections, but analysts warn the veteran ruler could yet forge ahead with the polls without making key reforms.Last week Mugabe swept aside considerable opposition, mustered all the powers of the presidency and declared Zimbabwe's elections will be held July 31.In doing so he plunged the country into a fresh political crisis, with long-time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai vowing to veto any unilaterally declared poll date.But within a week Mugabe was looking less than omnipotent.Southern African leaders -- fearing Mugabe was hurtling Zimbabwe toward another flawed election, yet more violence and another political and economic meltdown -- stepped in.In an unusual public rebuke of their old comrade, leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) demanded Mugabe push back the election date.SADC leaders said time must be given to introduce reforms that would make ...

UN chief Ban 'shocked' over Somalia attack: spokesman BEIJING: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "shocked" at the news of an attack on a UN compound in Somalia on Wednesday, his spokesman said."The Secretary-General is aware of the attack against the United Nations in Somalia, and he is shocked by it," Martin Nesirky, the spokesman, said in an e-mail. "He is being updated regularly as we get more information from Mogadishu and UN Headquarters in New York."Ban is currently on a visit to ...
Mugabe seeks to delay Zimbabwe election by two weeks HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has filed an urgent application with the country's top court to push back crucial elections by two weeks, his justice minister said Wednesday.Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told AFP he had filed papers on Tuesday that sought "a postponement of the date for the harmonised elections from July 31, 2013 to August 14, 2013."The announcement comes just days after Southern African leaders pressed Mugabe to delay the polls to allow more ...
Mozambique government blames opposition for deadly raid MAPUTO: Mozambique's government on Tuesday blamed opposition party Renamo for an attack a day earlier on a military arms depot that killed at least five soldiers amid faltering peace talks between the two parties."We were surprised by the tragic news that Renamo unleashed an armed attack," said Jose Pacheco, the ruling Frelimo's chief negotiator with Renamo.Talks were set up after military skirmishes in April."We condemn this attack and warn that this attitude does not help ...
Morsi names Luxor governor from attack CAIRO: President Mohamed Morsi has replaced 17 of Egypt's governors, including the choice in Luxor of a member of an Islamic party linked to a deadly attack on tourists in the ancient temple city, reports said Monday.Among the new appointees were members of the Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails, the reports said, in a move that tightens the group's grip on key administrative and security posts.The reshuffle which affects all but 10 of Egypt's ...
Mandela getting better but remains ‘serious’ JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela continues to recover in hospital from a lung infection but remains in a serious condition, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital for a week, the fourth time the 94-year-old former president and anti-Apartheid leader has been admitted to hospital since December."We are grateful that he continues to get better," Zuma said. "Over the last two days, although he remains serious, his doctors have stated ...
Six Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi violence BENGHAZI: Six soldiers were killed and five injured in clashes between Libyan special forces and armed protesters outside a special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, military officials said on Saturday.Residents said heavy gunfire and explosions were heard. "The clashes lasted from 2 a.m. (0000 GMT) until 6 a.m. but are over now," Colonel Mohammed Sharif, of the special forces in Benghazi, told Reuters. He said six of his troops had ...


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