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COPAC Says Few Issues Remaining in Constitution Negotiations

Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) co-chairmen met in Harare Monday and agreed on five of the six outstanding issues that have been stalling progress in the constitution-making process.

Co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said issues of devolution, national prosecuting authority, executive authority, land commission and the national peace and reconciliation commission were agreed on.

Mwonzora said work was still in progress on a proposal on the issue of a running mate for presidential candidates in elections, adding that their recommendations will soon be forwarded to the main community meeting this Thursday.

Zanu PF recently claimed there were 30 contentious issues, but the two MDC formations refused to entertain that.

Political parties in the unity government have been deadlocked on the way forward following the release of the Second All Stakeholders’ Conference report two months ago.

Zanu PF has been demanding that the report be sent to the principals first, but the MDC formations asked for the report to be presented to parliament, threatening to refer the matter to the Southern African Development Community.

The president has already indicated that the unity government principals will have the final say on the draft before it is submitted to parliament.
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