Zimbabwe

Mugabe Signs New Zimbabwe Constitution

Restricts his power and paves way for new elections

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has signed into law a new constitution that curbs the powers of his office and clears the way for new elections.

Mr. Mugabe smiled and shook hands with fellow leaders, including long time rival Morgan Tsvangirai, after signing copies of the document Wednesday in Harare.

The new constitution was a condition of the 2008 power-sharing deal that made Mr. Tsvangirai prime minister after disputed elections.

With the new constitution in place, Zimbabwe is expected to hold elections later this year.