Zimbabwe legislators resist Mugabe plans

Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Members of Zimbabwe's Parliament say they will resist efforts of President Robert Mugabe to take over the writing of the country's new constitution.

Despite differences between the two leading political parties, an unnamed legislator said, "We held several informal meetings and that is the position we will take as both parties."

The position was decided prior to last week's opening of Parliament, the news agency AllAfrica reported Monday.

Parliamentary chief whip Innocent Gonese said the production of the new constitution is guided by Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement, specifying constitutions are to be written be legislatures, not executives.

"The process should not be circumvented. We will not take kindly to interference," he said.

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