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Mediators: concern over Zimbabwe leader's health

Mediators: concern over Zimbabwe leader's health

The ruling party of South Africa, the chief mediator on Zimbabwe, says the failing health of President Robert Mugabe could jeopardize efforts to resolve his nation's political crisis.
Mugabe, 87, has traveled to Singapore five times since December and underwent medical treatment there.
The African National Congress said Tuesday in an official newsletter that its mediators reported concerns that "should Mugabe die or retire" before constitutional reforms are complete, rivalry over his succession could delay elections meant to end the nation's troubled two-year coalition.
Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, called for elections this year, but regional mediators say that would be too early for free and fair polling. He has said, despite his age, he is fit to govern.


Updated : 2021-03-08 07:07 GMT+08:00