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President Mugabe (right), Minister Tsvangirai (left) at Zim Constitution meeting
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Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Zimbabwe: Draft constitution a "major move", says rights lawyer

Published on : 13 November 2012 - 10:21am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP)
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Zimbabwe's constitution-making process is at a crucial stage as it is expected to go for a referendum to decide whether or not it would be voted in as the nation's supreme law, said Irene Petras from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

By Jerry Chifamba as published by our top partner allAfrica

Petras was speaking at a forum in South Africa that was hosted by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and the University of Western Cape.

The forum, which took place on November 7 at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, was meant to sensitize people on the transition and constitution-making process that has been under way for the past 4 years.
Irene Petras said that the changes in the constitution were significant towards solving the crisis in Zimbabwe.

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"The draft is definitely better than the current constitution in the manner that it has a broader bill of rights and socio-economic development models. It also made changes to executive authority, which is a major move," said Petras.

However, Petras added that the constitution was not perfect, saying it doesn't go far enough "especially in terms of devolution of power, including the fact that it doesn't confirm electoral rights".

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