Zimbabweans back new constitution

AFP-JIJI

Almost 95 percent of Zimbabweans voted in favor of a new constitution that would trim President Robert Mugabe’s powers and pave the way for new elections, results showed Tuesday.

Tallies of the weekend vote released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission showed 3,079,966 voters were in favor of the new constitution and 179,489 were against.

“Since the majority of the votes were received in favor of the adoption of the draft constitution, it is declared to have been adopted by the people of Zimbabwe,” said Lovemore Sekeramayi, the official in charge of the vote tally.

An estimated 6 million citizens were eligible to vote.