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Date:16 Mar 2013
Zimbabwe Votes in Constitutional Referendum



Polls have opened in Zimbabwe in a referendum to decide  on a new constitution that would set presidential term limits and abolish the head of state's immunity for the first time.

Around six million eligible voters began casting their ballots on Saturday at 05:00 GMT at 9,456 polling stations dotted across the southern African country. Polls across Zimbabwe are due to close at 17:00 GMT with official results expected to be released within five days of the vote.

Under the new constitution, the president who wins the election, expected to be held in July, will be able to serve a maximum of two terms.

The country's main political parties, including Mugabe's ZANU-PF, are in favour of the proposed law changes, making the simple majority needed for a "yes" vote a near certainty.

After the referendum, the draft is expected to be taken back to Parliament to constitutionalise the Constitution Bill.

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