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Zimbabwe Struggles to Complete Constitutional Draft

Zimbabwe's committee overseeing the writing of a new constitution has again failed to meet its own deadline to complete the first draft of the charter by Friday this week.

Sources close to the Management committee said a lot of ground had been covered, adding what now remained was to print sufficient copies for all stakeholders.

The Parliamentary Select Committee, or Copac, will table the draft constitution to a Second All-Stakeholders' Conference and report to parliament on its recommendations over the charter’s content.

The draft will then be submitted to a referendum. It was expected to be tabled some three years ago, but political negotiations and bickering delayed the process.

Constitutional Affairs minister Eric Matinenga told VOA they are likely to finalize the process Monday.