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Zimbabwe cancels Common Market summit
Zimbabwe, embroiled in an election crisis, Thursday announced it was calling off the summit of the Common Market for Central and Southern Africa (Comesa) due in the country next month because of its unresolved 29 March polls.

The government is in a tense stand off with the opposition over its refusal to a nnounce the results of last month’s presidential vote, and controversial recounts of parliamentary ballots.

The government has ordered the national elections body to withhold presidential vote results, pending investigations into alleged cheating.

The opposition says the allegations were false, and claims to have won the election.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country had postponed the Comesa summit to a yet-to-be announced date because of the election crisis in Zimbabwe.

"Due to the necessity to fulfill constitutional requirements as a result of the recently-held harmonised elections, the government of Zimbabwe has decided to postpone convening of the Comesa summit to a later date," it said.

"This follows realisation that the original summit dates might coincide with the uncompleted electoral process," it added. Panapress.


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