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Robert Mugabe is reportedly planning to hold elections next March

Robert Mugabe is reportedly planning to hold elections next March

Robert Mugabe is reportedly planning to hold elections next March

State media loyal to Zimbabwe's president has said he will hold elections in March to end the nation's fragile coalition government.

The Herald newspaper reported that President Robert Mugabe told party loyalists he will not bow to pressure to call elections later in 2012.

"We cannot go beyond March next year. I will definitely announce that date. It does not matter what anyone would say," the paper quoted him as saying.

He says he has the sole right to call for polls to end "dilly-dallying" in the coalition formed after disputed and violence-ridden elections in 2008.

Regional mediators led by South African President Jacob Zuma say elections cannot be held until constitutional and democratic reforms are in place by the end of next year.

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